Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Table For Four, Please

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Tomorrow I'll be cooking the smallest Thanksgiving dinner I've ever made.  And I'm going old-school on several items.

We weren't sure if we'd be home for Thanksgiving and didn't find out until last Friday, so we didn't accept any invitations and didn't make any plans until we knew for sure we'd be here.  Instead of working Tue/Wed/Thu, we went out Mon/Tue/Wed, getting home this afternoon.

We'll be celebrating at our apartment and hosting my mother and my friend Kim.  Four people.  That's it.  My menu is as follows.

Fresh Turkey Breast that I ordered from our local butcher.  We all prefer white meat, so why make a whole bird when no one is going to eat it?  It comes with the skin, so I'll get a nice crispy piece of that, and that'll make me happy.

Mashed Potatoes with gravy.  Classic mashed.  Butter, salt and pepper.  Perfection.

Sweet Potatoes with marshmallows.  I've never made this, but I've eaten it.  And Ed wanted the marshmallows.  I probably won't follow the recipe to the letter because all that brown sugar will make the already sweet potatoes way too sweet, but I will get those marshmallows crispy under the broiler. My friend said, "Sweet potatoes and marshmallows?  That's disgusting."  Disgustingly delicious, I say!

Stuffing.  My mother is making this.  She does a great job, it's always very flavorful with onions and crunchy celery bits.  I can't wait, it's one of the dishes she does really well.

Roasted Green Beans, Asparagus, Carrots, and Brussels Sprouts.  I don't do the Green Bean Casserole so many people know and love.  Now that's old school!  Green beans, cream of mushroom soup, crispy onion straws?  Do you know it was invented by a woman named Dorcas Reilly?  Yep.  Read more about it here.  As for our heavenly roasted veggies, I know they'll be delicious and since my friend Kim doesn't let a vegetable cross her lips, there will be plenty for us.

Cranberry Jelly.  Straight out of the can.  In the past I've made this Cranberry Compote, which is amazing, but it's way too much for my small gathering.  I love getting a slice of cold, jelled, cranberry sauce with a piece of turkey.  Totally old school.  And I like to plop it right on the plate, straight out of the can, ridges and all. The ridges are helpful guidelines for slicing.  :)

Corn Casserole.  I have no idea what this is but my mother saw the recipe on Facebook and decided to make it.  It'll be a surprise for all, but I love corn, so how bad can it be?

King's Hawaiian Dinner Rolls.  I can eat this entire bag and go to sleep happy.  I never really have an opportunity to serve dinner rolls, so this is a treat.  Yum!

Pumpkin Pie.  My mother is bringing this too, from Costco.  They make some of the best pumpkin pie around.

Cheesecake.  This is a maybe.  I have the ingredients to make it, but that means doing it tonight and I'm not sure I'm in the mood.  I'm not a pumpkin pie fan so this is mostly for me and whoever else is interested.

I've never been good at cooking for small gatherings, so I know there will be tons of food. I'll send my mother and Kim home with leftovers - probably enough for several meals - and Ed and I will be eating turkey sandwiches for a week.

Nothing on the menu is too challenging, but I know I'll be happy when the cooking is done and the eating commences.

Let the prep begin!

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