Thursday, November 22, 2007

Travel Thursday: Non-travel edition

I just have to write about what Dan and I made for Thanksgiving this year.

Some background information:
Seven people attended Thanksgivng dinner, including us and Dan's parents.
Dan's parents bought the groceries and we cooked everything.
We had a great time coming up with a menu.

Our menu? So glad you asked.

Appetizers: Homemade hummus with crushed red pepper and tomato from our garden, with carrots, broccoli and baby tomatoes to dip.
Crescent rolls wrapped around pieces of brie and baked.

First course:
Sweet potato soup, pureed and garnished with roasted pumpkin seeds (pumpkin seeds had salt, pepper, garlic powder, chili powder)

Second course:
Baby spinach salad with goat cheese, sauteed fennel, pecans and pomegranate seeds, balsamic vinaigrette

Main course:
Roasted turkey (brined for 16 hours before cooking)
Giblet gravy
Mashed potatoes
Parker house rolls
Sage stuffing with hearty bread, celery, dried cranberries, apples, onions
Cornbread stuffing with sausage, celery, onion and bell peppers
Cranberry chutney with apples, mandarin oranges, and a splosh of rum

Pumpkin pie with freshly whipped cream. The pie was made with a hand-processed pie pumpkin

Dan's aunt brought a green beans and peas dish, and his grandma made apple pie. Everything else, we did. The two biggest projects of Dan's were the homemade chicken stock (for the soup, the gravy, and the two kinds of stuffing) and the gravy. He also did all of the turkey, the rolls (from scratch), and the cornbread stuffing (including baking the cornbread). The potatoes were a joint effort. I made the brie rolls, the hummus, the soup, the sage stuffing, the cranberries, and the pie. Much wine was consumed; many leftovers were put in various and sundry countainers. And I am completely stuffed.

I miss my family on days like this. Nowadays, my family's holidays are much more peaceful and fun. But we'll be there for quite a while at Christmastime. And Dan and I had a most excellent time devising our menu, and working together to get all of the elements of our meal together to be done at approximately the same time (the rolls and pie were baked last night). We make a good team.


Monkey McWearingChaps said...

Sounds ridiculously yummy!

I thought Dan was a canned jelly fan? I remember that from Eurotrip oh so long ago. Has he been won over?

MLE said...

Yeah, I totally brought him over to the dark side of the cranberries. Because the canned stuff is for saps. Saps, I tell you!