A Culinary Blog to My Thanksgiving
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
If you know anything about me, you know that I love to cook. So this is my holiday. I have conquered this holiday so completely, should anyone "dare" try to invite us to Thanksgiving at their house my kids revolt and whine and cry until I assure them that we are having Thanksgiving at the house and I will be doing "all" the cooking. Last year my grandma Ellie's memorial took place the day after Thanksgiving so I was in Seattle with my daughter Savannah. I had to make Thanksgiving the Saturday before I left to appease everyone.
This year we are all at home and my kids will be bringing or inviting their perspective girlfriend or boyfriends. So what's on the menu? Are you sure you want to know? I don't want to create any "Turkey Envy", but okay here goes:
*Roasted Lemon Herb Turkey- I make a delicious herb lemon butter, loosen the skin of the turkey, massage the herb butter all over the meat, slice lemons very thinly and place them under the skin as well, stuff the turkey cavity with lemon, fennel fronds, flat leaf parsley and sage.
*Lemon Garlic Gravy- this is made with homemade turkey stock, home preserved lemons, fresh garlic and more fennel and sage with plenty of roasted garlic. MMmmmm
*Sourdough and Cornbread Stuffing Muffins- this year I combined both breads, celery, onion, mushrms, pancetta, and then pan sauteed cubed butternut squash with garlic and added that along with fresh baby spinach, plenty of fresh sage and marjoram, sea salt and pepper and just a few pinches of cayenne to offset the sweetness of the butternut squash. I make my stuffing in muffin tins that way they come in serving size portions, every serving gets that lovely crunchy texture on the outside and is really moist on the inside.
*Goat Cheese and Chive Mashed Potatoes- 'nuff said
*Homemade Creamed Corn Casserole- "real" fresh corn sauteed with leeks, cream and sharp cheddar cheese, a dash of cayenne and lemon juice, topped with minced chives
*Roasted Asparagus w/ Balsamic Brown Butter
*Fresh Brussel Sprouts w/ Prosciutto and Pine Nuts
*Holiday Salad- Mesclun (mixed greens), Honey-Crisp Apples, Bosc Pears, Red Onion, Spicy Glazed Pecans, Crumbled Cabrales Blue Cheese, tossed with an Apple Cider and Pepper Bacon Vinaigrette.
*Spicy Cranberry Sauce- fresh cranberries sauteed with pineapple juice, lemon and lime juice, a bit of jalapeno and finished with dried pineapple. Soooo goood!!!!
*Honey Wheat Dinner Rolls- this is the only thing that I don't make from scratch
Homemade Cheesecake with Cointreau and Cherry Topping
Pumpkin Pie w/ Spiked (Bourbon) Whipped Cream
Note: I love making desserts but happily I don't have a sweet tooth at all and may have a bite of something just to taste but don't over indulge so that is not a problem for me like it is for so many others. Mashed Potatoes is a whole other story!!!
Whatever you are making or where ever you are dining I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving filled with Family, Friends and good Food!!!
I will be introducing a new tradition this year and we will all be going for a walk after dinner!
Pictures to follow!!!