Tuesday, November 21, 2006


Gastrointestinal schemes most fowl!

Turkey breast thawing. Check!
Pecan wood chips bought. Check!
Weber kettle grill cleaned and readied. Check!
Kingsfords charcoal in hand. Check!

That's tomorrow. To have ready ahead of time.

For Thanksgiving Day:
Cornish hens procured. Check!
Apple wood chips bought. Check!
Um, sweet potatoes for baking, white potatoes for smurshing, other various and sundry veggies, traditional cylindrical and gelatinous cranberry substance, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, mincemeat pie -- check, check, check!

Bird and Yankeebeau are coming tomorrow night! They'll help us decorate the house Thursday! And feast with us Thursday evening.

For my Bird and her Yankeebeau, I am truly thankful.

What are y'all's plans!?!


Oh, so I am apparently not the only person in the universe who insists on both mashed AND sweet potatoes, and who absolutely must have the jellied cranberry sauce from a can.

(Well, other than my mother, from whom I picked up such proclivities.)

Of course, my dinner would not be complete without baked corn pudding (a Pennsylvania Dutch regional specialty) and my own apple-cornbread-sausage stuffing.
Yum on the pudding! Yum on the stuffing1
I am glad to see someone else who eats the big three pies. Mince, Pumpkin, and Pecan. In our house when asked what kind of pie do you want, the answer is "Yes".
I had my feast this past Friday night with 12 of my friends. I cooked for hours and hours. And just as we gathered, I realized I had not opened the cranberry jelly. So after the blessing I made everyone pause for the ceremonial opening of the can and sploot into the dish.

Do you know that at the end of that meal, the cylindrical gelatinous substance was still standing, intact? Not one person touched so much as a spoon to the delicacy. At least it was good for comedic relief.
Pretty much the same, 'cept subsitute rice and gravy for the smashed taters. Oh and ixnay on the gelatenous substance. Homemade fresh is easy to make:

Boil cranberries in a cup o' water and add a cup o' sugar (or less, depending on how tart you like it). Boil for 5-10 minutes until the berries pop. Let sit for a while (maybe an hour) so it gels. Presto!

Try it once and you'll never go back to canned.
Thursday will be just my parents and me, doing the whole turkey, sweet taters, green beans, cranberry sauce, fresh bread, pumpkin pie thing.

Friday will be the three of us plus my brother's family and two grandparents having turkey enchilladas, veggies of some sort, and a fruit/pastry/marzipan dessert.

My family has always had turkey enchilladas the day after Thanksgiving, so this is not as odd as it might sound--just another tradition.
I'm going to try brining the turkey this year, so I just got all the stuff for that.

Will have sweet potato casserole with pecan topping on one half and marshmallows on the other half. Orange salad, maybe rolls of some sort (can't decide), homemade cranberry sauce and cranberry relish, and since we're all watching our waistlines around here, a test run of crustless pumpkin pie.

It's just going to be the three of us, unless we find someone else that doesn't have a place to go. I've got an email into the women's group president asking her if she knows someone at church in just that pickle.
I am cooking for around ten people, got a 23 pound turkey (plenty of sandwiches in my future!), will make cornbread dressing, gravy, deviled eggs, and some kids food, like mac-n-cheese and applesauce. MIL is bringing dumplings and cranberry sauce, Mom brings a vegetable and pies, my SIL brings homemade bread and vegetables. We'll also have plenty of coffee, egg nog, and iced tea. Gotta eat a lot, because we have a lot to be thankful for.
How fun!

Keeping my fingers crossed. Despite news breaking yesterday, and me havin' to fix it, which sidelined my day by about five hours, I think I've still managed to be off most of today to smoke me a big ol' turkey breast.
I picked up T-given dinner at a Crackerbarrel outside Paduca Kaintucky.
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