I hope you had a great Thanksgiving week.

I did. But as I was reflecting on thankfulness, gratitude, and family, I realized we’re just getting to know each other, and I haven’t told you much about me. 🙂

You see, I am most thankful for my wife Carissa, and our 5 amazing children. Chef Gui Family

I was born, raised, and trained as a chef in the South of France, and it’s only at age 28 that I came to America to work in a high-end French restaurant in Tampa, Florida.

Which reminds me of a funny story…

That year during a local, live TV appearance on Thanksgiving day, the news anchor asked me how the French celebrated Thanksgiving! Completely caught off-guard, I responded politely as the cameras kept rolling, but you should have seen my face!

Of course, Thanksgiving is the quintessential American Holiday (For the record: there is no Thanksgiving, in France!) and I’m thankful to be an American now, and thankful for my entire family.

I love to cook for them during the Holidays, even though I am also busy with my catering company. (I included my Thanksgiving menu at the end of this email. You won’t believe how long it is! LOL)

Before I sign off, I need to tell you how thankful I am to count you among my Eat More, Burn More family. Since I wrote my second cookbook, your response has been overwhelming and humbling. Thank you so much.

I have great plans for us. And I can’t wait to unveil the next Eat More, Burn More project, which is coming up in January. It’s going to make your life so much easier!

My 2015 Thanksgiving Menu

Appetizers

  • Gorgonzola and Spinach Artichoke Dip
  • Shrimp Cocktail
  • Sautéed Jumbo Shrimp with Garlic, Parsley and Lemon

Soup and Salad

  • Fall Squash Soup with Cinnamon and Nutmeg, Presented in a huge carved pumpkin! 🙂
  • Watermelon, Cucumber, and Marcona Almond Salad with a Light Sherry Dressing

Turkey & Gravy

  • Three Roasted Heritage Turkeys with Healthy Gravy
  • Gluten-Free Stuffing with Sausage, Apricots and Pistachios

Sides

  • Green Bean Casserole and Caramelized Pecans
  • Roasted Carrots with Cumin and Golden Raisins
  • Rainbow Roasted Vegetables with Basil, Goat cheese, and Fig Glaze
  • Traditional Sweet Potato casserole with Pecans
  • Healthy Mac and Cheese

Others

  • Cranberry Relish
  • Cornbread
  • Jalapeño-Scallion Cornbread

Desserts

  • Berry Salad
  • Pecan and Bourbon Bread Pudding
  • Flourless Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache
  • Upside-Down Apple Pie
  • Chocolate, Caramel and Walnut Pie

Gui Alinat

Gui Alinat is a Tampa, Fla.-based American Culinary Federation Certified Executive Chef, published food writer, and the owner of Artisan Boutique Catering. He is the author of "The Chef's Repertoire," and "Eat More, Burn More." Born, raised and classically trained as a chef on the Mediterranean coast of France, he traveled extensively, working in restaurants around the world. Chef Gui promotes an active lifestyle, sound nutrition, and believes that fresh and tasty food is resolutely compatible with fat loss and bodybuilding alike. He lives in Florida with his wife Carissa and their five children.