Farm fresh turkey day
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Especially since we’ve bought our home. If you haven’t already guessed, I enjoy cooking, baking and entertaining. Tday encompasses all of these things. It has become a holiday of extravagant rich foods. There are no presents… just food, wine, family and friends. Can you dig it? Yes we can!
This year we introduced the holiday timeline spreadsheet. It was meant to help us organize what time things needed to go in the oven, be prepared, taken out, etc. My mom may have laughed, but that schedule was our saving grace.
The days prior we prepared our dinner rolls and pepperoni and ham bread. We also made another apple pie, we ended up with three apple pies. Two we made and one from the farm.
Brett was also doing more manly preparations for our holiday hosting. We had water damage from hurrican Irene. So Brett had some insulating, sheet-rocking, spackle and painting to get done before our new floor arrived. He got it all done just in the nick of time.
We splurged this year and ordered a fresh turkey from a local farm. We were warned not to brine this bird. We usually brine all of our turkeys, so we were a bit leery till the very end. We ended up preparing the bird very simply, just some olive oil rub and fresh herbs stuffed in the cavity.
We made homemade gravy, fresh tossed salad all from the farm, apple cider roasted veggies, homemade green bean cassarole (no canned soup here guys), sweet potato & sage-butter casserole, dressed up stuffing, Alton Brown’s mashed potatoes, chicken adobo and jasmin rice, mini quiches, ham/cheese bread, pepperoni bread, and the homemade dinner rolls. On top of all this, my mom brought additional Filipino food, because no gather is complete without Shanghai Lumpia. We all certainly gobbled till we wobbled.