November 23, 2007

Thanksgiving 2007

Turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, corn casserole, green beans and gravy.

Ethyl Moore's Pumpkin Pie Recipe, as baked by her granddaughter, TLMM. Custardy, smooth, pumpkiny. The perfect end to a perfect meal.

I recommend frying a turkey- it's unbelievable. It is moist and the flavor of the rub and injected marinade are consistent throughout its meat. The fried turkey skin is honestly too good to even try to put into words. We had a ham for Plan B in case there was a fried turkey mishap, but all went well. I basted the ham with Bobby Flay's ancho chili maple glaze and it was the perfect thing for it. I have been reading The Pioneer Woman Cooks, and used her recipe for mashed potatoes since it was something I could make a day ahead, and also used her sweet potato casserole recipe, but instead of the pecan mixture, I put baby marshmallows on top for a more kitschy Thanksgiving dish.

The corn casserole is also a TLMM family dish, and I will make this again for Chanukah or Christmastime- if love corn, you will love this! The fresh green beans are my own creation. We used another The Pioneer Woman Cooks recipe for the stuffing, using a combination of corn bread and white bread. It was the ultimate in stuffing as far as we were concerned, and is now our own family tradition.

As usual, we cooked for 25 instead of for 4, but that gave us plenty of leftovers. I can hardly wait until July to do it all again. In between all that cooking, parade watching, swimming and wine sipping, I kept looking around and taking it all in. It was a beautful day and our first Thanksgiving in our new home. We wore aprons over our bathing suits - in November! We hope that more of our family visit next year- the only thing that would make it more perfect...and the eggs.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

all looks fabulous!
love and hugs,