A Piece of My Day

A Piece of Sunday, 21 November 2010…

Posted on: Sunday, 21 November 2010

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When you put it this way, it doesn't look like much!

Friends.

Above is a photo of the fruits of my labor today – grocery shopping. On the left, a fourteen pound turkey – I believe it’s the smallest one I’ve ever cooked. And then, five bags, chock full of Thanksgiving goodness. Out of these bags (plus what I already have lurking in the fridge, freezer, and pantry) will emerge a feast.

The menu:

Turkey. This year, I’m returning to an old friend. It’s a Martha Stewart recipe which my mom found and passed on to me. I’ve tried others through the years, but for some reason, I landed back on this one because it has such simple ingredients (including butter and white wine). (I just looked on her website for the same recipe and couldn’t find it, so if you’re interested, let me know.)

Garlic-Gruyere Mashed Potatoes. I copied this from a Southern Living cookbook years ago and I have yet to make it. Sounds yummy, though!

Apple/cranberry/pecan stuffing. This came from the November 2010 issue of Real Simple. They start with a stuffing base and then give you all these options for different types of stuffings. Brilliant. I chose apple/cranberry/pecan because those are flavors I love to use on Thanksgiving.

Gravy. I love Ina Garten on the Food Network. She’s so practical. Here’s another example of her practicality: she makes her gravy ahead of time! More brilliance. Usually, I’m standing there over a pan of drippings, etc. stirring away. This year, I’m making the gravy ahead of time and heating it up the day of Thanksgiving!

Cranberry sauce. I have an old standby recipe from my mom which I love to use – easy, and it has just the right touch of orange in it.

Green Bean Casserole. I hardly ever make this – but I saw this ” Best Ever Green Bean Casserole” recipe from Alton Brown and it sounds fresher and more tasty than the gloppy version, so I’m going for it. The beans can be cooked ahead of time, which will save at least one step on Thursday.

Sweet Potato Casserole. Is there another day upon which two casseroles can be served and it’s OK? I think not, unless it’s a church potluck. I wasn’t going to make sweet potatoes, but yesterday, I was talking with my grandmother and telling her that I had pulled her old church’s cookbook off the shelf for another recipe. She mentioned this sweet potato recipe of hers in the book, so I decided – what the heck?

– Before the feast, we will enjoy baked brie (a favorite of mine and others). I’ve used this Paula Deen recipe for years, but sometimes I modify it a bit. I will also put out some veggies and dip. I always like to do some sort of special mulled drink (cider or the like), and this year will be wassail (from the church cookbook). Hopefully, the weather will cooperate with serving a hot beverage – the last few years, it has not.

– For after the feast, I have guests bringing various desserts (mostly pies). So much easier to have others bring these!

If anyone is interested in any of the recipes for which I have not provided a link, let me know.

I also would love to hear about your menus/recipes!

Peace be upon your evening!

K

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