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Sides spiced with chile peppers, turkey roasted on the grill, and pumpkin pie spiked with bourbon prove that even the most traditional holiday is better with a Texas twang.
A garland decorating the back porch adds a festive touch.
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A handmade corn wreath welcomes family.
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Lemonade with a few sprigs of fresh lavender is served alongside of spice-dusted pecans and pepitas.
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The turkey is served on a platter with lavender and persimmons.
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Rolls get a personal touch with monograms made of rosemary leaves.
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Caramelizing the onions adds another layer of flavor to this dish.
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The sweetness of this dish is offset by the spiciness of the chili powder.
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The turkey and sides are ready to eat, and pumpkin votives cast just the right glow on the meal.
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Saving Room for Pie
A rectangular pecan tart, inspired by the praline, a candy popular in Texas, combines toasted nuts, corn syrup, and brown sugar; chocolate pie is topped with fluffy peaks of meringue; a rustic rendition of spiced pumpkin pie goes perfectly with a high, free-form crust and a side of luscious bourbon-infused whipped cream -- all served with glasses of local port.
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A sampling of the desserts.