Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Cooking Day

I'll be making a cornbread stuffing (Pepperidge Farm) with Jimmy Dean hot sausage, apples, cranberries, walnuts, celery/onion/garlic and thyme and sage from the garden. I made the broth last night from the legs,thighs and wings that Dave cut while he was boning out the turkey breast.
We are roasting it butterflied, at my sister's tomorrow, and I salt and peppered it and put it back in the refrigerator uncovered to 'dry out' as per a recipe I heard on NPR on Sunday morning. It is supposedly like brining the meat, without all the brine. The rest of the turkey parts will be saved for some other dish, like tamales, later in the season.
I am also making the turkey gravy today, and bringing it tomorrow. Turkey and mashed potatoes always need a lot of gravy. Canned cranberry sauce...of course!
Brooke is making the potatoes, both white and sweet and corn casserole (yum!) and the whipping cream, not cool whip. Yes!!! Her DH is making homemade bread rolls. So good.
Green Bean Casserole Of course there will be the green bean casserole, but my sis and DH don't like mushrooms, so I am using Cream of Onion, which is a pretty darn good substitute. I'll add sliced almonds too, in case the green beans end up uncrisp which they might.
Pecan Tassies or as I call them, tarts, are a requested treat, which was not a part of our childhood feast. I learned of them back in the late 60's from a friend. Once I had them, I barely need an excuse to make them again. Another reason to dollop on the Whipped Cream.

Here's my fave pie of all.  Whipped Cream covered Pumpkin. So luxurious and delicious. I should make this more often. My recipe is ancient, and it is called the 'one bowl pumpkin pie' from the Women's Day recipe collection, which are in 24 volumes in the garage. My mom insisted I have the whole collection, back when I first got married (to #1) in 1967. I rarely look at them now, having stored the instructions for roasting meats, making hollandaise and baking breads in my memory banks. Such a good way to teach a young cook how to do the basics. Now I just look up stuff online.
From the looks of things, I will be wearing my expandomatics to dinner.
Here's hoping you all have a fabulous Thanksgiving day with family or friends, or if you're lucky, both! Stay safe and come home full.
Love to you all,


  1. This made me soooo hungry...LOL. We're eating "light" today to save ourselves for tomorrow :)

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    Now...where did I put my "expandomatics"???

  2. wow that looks fabulous
    Hope you all have a wonderful day
    Not a celebration for us in the UK
    But l wish you all the best for the day
    Happy Thanksgiving to you all

  3. A real feast, with such wonderful dishes. A shared family event, I have a houseful for Christmas this year, I'm going to delegate some jobs this year. Enjoy your day.

  4. Sharon2:57 PM

    It looks like it will be a wonderful feast this year! I know you will be enjoying a wonderful day with family and lots of great food. Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. LynneP9:09 PM

    Hope you and Dave(and the dawgs) have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your sis. Looks like you will be enjoying a yummy meal together.

    I am thankful for your sharing spirit and your love of bright colors.

  6. Yummy! I baked the pumpkin pie yesterday, and cut up celery and onion for the stuffing. Just need to prep the bird and put it in the oven, make gravy, nuke the veggies, and we'll be ready to eat! Just hubby and I, and 3 cats, so we'll have lots of leftovers... I'm going to try my hand at making individual turkey pot pies and freezing them this year... woo-hoo!!! Martha Stewart, you ain't seen nuthin yet!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

  7. This is so funny. I make Pecan Tassies too! AND the plate they are sitting on is the same plates we use everyday! Corelle! Are you sure you did not come to my house to take pics? Too FUNNY!! Small world. The rest of the dinner looks delish, too!
    Happy Thanksgiving.

  8. Que bueno, todo.
    Un beso.


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