Wednesday, November 16, 2011

My Thanksgiving Dinner: The company makes the food taste better!

I cooked my Thanksgiving dinner two weekends ago.  Due to a craziness of schedules of various family members, it just worked out to have it earlier.  The date was less important than just the act of gathering all together and enjoying time together.  I had a bit of my own crazy schedule that day, so I decided to go with a very simple menu for the family.  For the record, I like a crazy mess of dishes on Thanksgiving.  In the old days, I would see how MANY things I could just put on the table for the sheer challenge.  And if I had TWO OVENS (ahem...Husband) - fuhgettabout it.  I'd be all gangsta up in my kitchen.  Both ovens would be cranking out so many dishes and pies people would have to be rolled away.  Because THAT is how I roll.

But the strain of lack of time, jetlag (having just come back from Korea the week before), and just the nonsense of my work schedule meant that I wasn't going to be able to do everything I wanted to do.  I decided to go for the family favorites and sort of let go of the rest.  I'm not one to let things go either, but the jetlag must have weakened my resolve.  A simple Thanksgiving it would be.

It ended up being a really fun Thanksgiving.  I recruited the older kids to help me out in the kitchen as I wasn't fully ready, and so I had a team of junior chefs peeling potatoes and mashing them for the meal.  They helped set the table and organize the dining room as well.  And we laughed a whole lot as water was repeatedly spilled.  And even though I was a bit frustrated with my single oven situation, it didn't seem to matter once we all started eating together and enjoying the food.

Have fun choosing your menu, and if you want a compilation of many of the Thanksgiving appropriate menu items, here is the link from last year.

This was the menu.

Appetizer
Roasted Shrimp Cocktail with Homemade Cocktail Sauce
Spinach Dip and Crudites

Main
Dry Brined Roast Turkey

Sides
Cornbread Stuffing
Mashed Potatoes
Sweet Potato Casserole with Apples and Pears
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
Green Beans with Caramelized Onions
Gravy (this is a basic recipe )
Orange Cranberry Sauce

Dessert
Homemade Vanilla Bean Gelato (which my nephew inhaled and wouldn't stop eating.  Slightly scary.)
Caramel Apple Bundt Cake

1 comment:

Another A said...

For the first time ever, I am very much looking forward to cooking for Thanksgiving feast. I will certainly be trying so many of the recipes listed here. I do notice that the link for roasted shrimp is wrongly linked (it links to spiced nuts instead). Just to let you know. Thank you, by the way. You've made me excited to make meals, instead of cringing and fearing.

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