Very much hope that you had a happy Turkey Day. We had a smallish group, though certainly big enough: Judy and I, our sons Daniel and David, and their partners Beckee and Meredith.
At any given time starting about noon, most of us were squeezed into the kitchen working on the many dishes needed for our feast, though my role was limited mostly to washing dishes and quick trips for last minute groceries.
Judy made 2 turkeys: one in the oven and one on the grill. They both came out nicely, though we had a turkey emergency when we unwrapped one of the birds and it turned out to be rancid. Beckee saved the day be driving back to the store and demanding a replacement turkey.
Beckee and Daniel made 2 dishes that were mandatory at her family’s turkey day meals: macaroni and cheese and banana pudding.
Let’s see, we also had cranberries, candied yams, mashed sweet potato, stuffing, gravy, and fruit salad. Judy makes a mean gravy from scratch. The day was not as unhealthy as it sounds, we did eat raw vegetables and dip through the pre-dinner hours.
We didn’t eat until almost 8, kind of late for a turkey day dinner. Between rounds of cooking we played a game called Elon Musk’s iPod Submarine. You can buy the board game but actually all you need is some scrap paper and a pen. That’s how we played and it engendered much hilarity.
We also introduced a turkey day innovation, namely eating the pumpkin pie before dinner, while the turkey is cooking. Because usually with these dinners you’re too uncomfortably full to really enjoy dessert at the end. And sure enough, most of us didn’t touch the pies or banana pudding after eating the main course. (Not a spoonful of the pudding was eaten all day, but we’re saving it for Saturday.)
Danny and I did each have a piece of the pear and pomegranate pie that he made. It was excellent, even though the crust wasn’t quite right.
And at the end of the day, after the last load of dishes, the refrigerator was packed with food to live off of for a week or so, plus extra to send away with visiting family.
Happy Thanksgiving Day to you all!