Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Thanksgiving menu

Back from a delightful week at home with the fam and Josie and the Pussycats. Saw the OG cheer at a JV game, Worldwide and the BG in a performance of Drood at the local church, and enjoyed a roller skating birthday party for the BG, where I won a free soda in the Cha Cha slide competition with my slick moves on the hardwood. The dog is still terrified of me, and it is a great feeling to know that I can make her cower with just a stern look--several times, a stern word and a hard stare was successful in keeping her from jumping excitedly into Worldwide's lap.

The Thanksgiving menu came off nicely, and I managed to get everything plated more or less in accordance with the 4:00 time we had agreed upon. The BG was too ill too eat anything, so some of the vegetarian options were ignored, but they were prepared with love, and I trust that the large tranche of leftovers in the refrigerator is slowly depreciating.

I used the dry brine from dadcooksdinner, and I made the three stuffings and the cranberry sauce the day before. The OG made a delicious peanut butter chocolate pie with a crust of pounded wafer cookies to complement my traditional dessert. In retrospect, I wouldn't change a thing.

Thanksgiving Menu 2013

  • Grilled Dry-brined turkey (cut up like a chicken)
  • Bread stuffing (actually stale soft pretzels) with dried cranberries, celery and apples (Veg)
  • Sausage and cornbread stuffing (Joy of Cooking)
  • Vegetarian Sausage and Cornbread Stuffing (using Morningstar maple patties)
  • Green Beans
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Drip pan turkey gravy with bacon fat
  • vegetarian gravy (flour, butter, vegetable stock)
  • Tossed green salad with dried cranberries and toasted pecans
  • Garlic knots (using store bought pizza dough)
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Peanut butter chocolate pie
  • Chocolate Milk shakes
I also made a couple of pies with the leftovers--filling deep dish pie crusts with turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy, topped with mashed potatoes. They are in some ways better than the sum of their parts.

1 comment:

  1. Having you here was so great, Sweetie. Thanks for a wonderful Thanksgiving (and BG Birthday) week.