Saturday, November 22, 2008
It's no secret that I love to cook and eat. For that reason alone, it's not surprising that Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday of mine. It's a day about food and friends and being thankful for both. And my oh my, I'm grateful for all the friends and food in my life!
Last year's meal, pictured above, was a delicious success. This year, I'm keeping some things simple but adding a few dishes to my repertoire. I'm brining and roasting a turkey in my oven, while my friend Rachel is frying a turkey on my back porch. We decided to do two turkeys to accommodate our dozen or so guests, but couldn't fit both in my oven. Frying one on the porch is a perfect solution.
In addition to the roast turkey and the fried turkey, the menu will include:
Corn & Green Bean Succotash
Orange Cranberry Sauce
Spinach & Parsnip Gratin
Oatmeal Cream Pies
Brandon has volunteered to make sweet potatoes and Pecan Pie. Collin, Donal and Lauren all all contributing wine to the celebration. I'm sure we'll all be so stuffed and drunk that we'll need to curl up for a nap, just like Zoey.
This is going to be a great meal not only for the food, but also for the company. Most of us live too far from our families to be able to visit them, so I'm happy we're all getting together to share a meal on a day that is about being with those you love. While I'm excited to see all of my friends, I'm especially excited for my dear friend Sara to come in from Chicago because I haven't seen her in over two years, and she is truly one of my favorite people on the planet.
I hope all of you have a wonderful holiday. Wear loose fitting pants and be careful with those turkey fryers!