it is almost time... turkey time!
went grocery shopping today feeling giddy about what i was filling my cart with. i love thanksgiving. i love the meaning. i love the gathering. i love the simple. i love the meal.
my menu never changes. you can count on it. death, taxes and my thanksgiving menu... like that. for reals. cooking it is a 2 day event for me. i remember when it became my responsibility to make our thanksgiving meal, the timing of it scared me the most. over the years i have learned what works for me is splitting it into 2 days. wed i will do most of the prep and cooking. all the sides, the pie, the bread.. they will all be cooked and portioned and placed in the fridge overnight. when i wake thanksgiving day 2 things always happen. #1 i turn on the macy's thanksgiving day parade. (just remember we no longer have cable tv... can't cue up the parade this year... ok now i am a little sad.... moving on.) #2 the turkey is bathed, greased, stuffed and in the oven... the menu looks like this.
- turkey stuffed with my homemade stuffing...
- homemade stuffing and i make it like the song, "parsley sage rosemary and thyme..." (yes i am all sorts of cheesy like that.)
- mashed potatoes. (mostly for the next step, but also for my bland food preferring teenager she only likes the plain mashed. silly silly girl. who raised her? oh yeah never mind...)
- potato filling this is the BOMB people. i grew up pennsylvania dutch and let me tell you they know how to make a good potato filling. some people i meet have never heard of it (so sad) so here it is... take half of your mashed potatoes you already made, take half your stuffing that is not being stuffed into your bird, and blend the 2 together along with a stick of butter (yes i said stick) and bake that together in the oven til golden brown on top. o.m.g. seriously, THE BOMB. crowd pleaser.
- we like the french's friend onion & green bean casserole here.
- the kids all ask for corn. (my mom used to make corn pudding when i was a kid.. i have not carried that on for some reason. maybe next year i will try that.)
- if i had anyone who liked this but me, i would make roasted brussel sprouts with garlic and bacon.... but alas that would only be me eating it and well our table and my oven is already stuffed to the gills. so i don't, but i know a lot of you do and i will drool over the evidence on flickr in a few days, no doubt.
- applesauce. i love to make my own.
- cranberry sauce (kellen can eat a whole can all by himself. he LOVES that stuff) i know, i need to make it fresh one year... not this year, but one year....
- homemade/from the drippings/GRAVY!!!! pour it on my whole plate. i love gravy.
- fresh baked bread. my hubby is the baker man. (i have my nanny's potato roll recipe. need to try that one)
- and of course pie.... i love pecan, kellen loves coconut cream... both are my mom's specialty and she will not be with us this year (sadly) so apple it will be. i know pumpkin is the tradition, but none of us LOVE pumpkin so why bother? apple will do just fine.
what is your go to, must have, the bomb, o.m.g. recipe?
i'd love to hear what is on your table...
i am getting hungry already!
someone watch the parade for me ok??? please!