Since the mad rush to the market, the bakery, the airports and train stations is about to start, I have been spending today getting all my ducks or I should say turkeys in a row for Thanksgiving.
As much as I love to travel I HATE going anywhere on Thanksgiving. I like to stay in New York, stand on my balcony watch the parade and cook. Luckily, everyone comes to us. My in laws are packing as I write and will arrive tomorrow. We have them over, plus my sister and brother in-law and their spouses and always a few friends.
I cook the whole meal, yes I do. I get by with a little help from my mother in law, Lynne who always peels the potatoes and ends up doing most of the dishes. She says she likes to. Taylor and Lucy do some things, but sometimes get bored with how long it all takes.
This year I decided to make my entire meal from recipes I either got from Twitter or online.
So I thought I would share it with all of you incase you might be on the fence about certain items to make. The only, only, only thing I’m buying is one lemon tart otherwise we are doing it all. Glenn did want to order a tandoori turkey but the girls yelled and screamed. We do a pretty traditional meal.
If I don’t serve Mashed Potatoes I fear Lucy might run away from home. This year I’m doing Tyler Florence’s from his Food Network site. I found an amazing recipe for Bacon Wrapped Turkey with Pear Cider Gravy from Chow.com. I mean come on wrapping your turkey in bacon….can’t wait. I never got to eat much junk food or sort of normal canned or boxed food as a kid so I have a fondness for very American dishes like Green Bean Casserole. I found this recipe on Paula Dean’s site. I have been wanting to make something of hers since Vanessa and I visited her store in Savannah. When you read it it sounds like she got the recipe right off the little can of fried onions you sprinkle on top. Who doesn’t love those fried onions? It’s one can for the beans and one for me to nibble on. I’m doing a Ginger Lime Spiked Cranberry Sauce that I got from Amanda Hesser’s Food52.com. If you want some really amazing recipes take a cyber walk over to that site today. I’m also doing one of their stuffings. It’s Challah Stuffing which I thought was a perfect pairing with the bacon wrapped turkey! I’m also making Joanne Wilson’s Pear Cranberry Chutney. I do have two people brining something my sister in-law always brings the rolls, she makes the world’s best rolls. Over the last year and a half we are very proud of her as she has lost 120 pounds. Once Lucy heard she was thin the first words out of her mouth were “Does that mean Aunt Donna won’t make rolls anymore?”
But she does. And then my friend Cynthia Guest is bringing Sweet Potatoes with Jalapeno Jam Glaze. Well, OK, one recipe is coming from Bon Appetit, Fennel Gratin, not sure anyone will eat it but me. But despite the fact I found it in their magazine it’s also on their website so it counts.
Then of course we get to dessert. In our family few like pumpkin pie, it usually sits on the sideboard alone, with one or two pieces gone. So this year we’re making Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting. I figured this might change Lucy’s dislike for pumpkin pie and might make the whole pumpkin pie experience more fun. And then the Lemon Tart I will purchase from the store.
So that is our meal, from the computer to the table ~ how very 2010.
Since I will be doing all this cooking, I won’t be blogging for a few days. Well, I might find myself compelled to toss up a few photos!
HAVE A WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING AND TRAVEL SAFELY!