Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Let's Talk Turkey: Gobble, Gobble, Gobble

"When baking, follow directions. When cooking, go by your own taste."

-Laiko Bahrs

I am all set. Thanksgiving is good to go in our house. I gave Alan two different menu choices, and here is the one he chose...


Warm Potato Leek Soup
Toasted Havarti & Pear sandwiches on Sourdough

Mid-Afternoon Munchies
Assorted fruit, cheese, and pumpkin bread platter

Thanksgiving Dinner
Turkey (roasted with herb butter) & Gravy

Cornbread stuffing w/ dried cranberries

Homemade Cranberry relish

Baked Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
(stuffed with apple/raisin/pecan compote)

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Green Bean Bake

Brown & Serve Rolls

Fruits of the Forest Pie

(Everything is prepared so it is Diabetic friendly) It's easier then you think!

I know, I know... it sounds like a lot of food for two people, but I have gotten very good at learning how to cook portions for two people. LOL. Although, I will be making turkey leftovers for quite a while, in that Alan bought us a 25lb turkey! LOL. OMG, there is enough turkey this year for each of us to eat 12.5 pounds! LOL. Oh well, I am looking forward to developing some new recipes, and it keeps well in the freezer, when stored properly. (INSERT BIG SMILE HERE). I like that I have become an expert at making a fancy meal, that is nearly guilt free! It just takes a little bit of planning. It's a lot of work, but I look forward to it so much.

I am spending the rest of the day today shopping for those last minute prep needs, such as the fresh herbs and garnishes. I am also heading down to my favorite cheese shop to purchase 1/4 lb. of about ten different cheeses for the snack platter. I will use whatever we don't eat in the leftovers I am already planning for. There is only one hitch to everything... lifting the prepared turkey into the oven for roasting. I will be on my own for most of Thanksgiving day, because Alan has to work. He has promised to help be prep the turkey Wednesday night, which is most of the work, but the lifting of a 25 pound bird, plus the wight of the baking pan, is something I am not looking forward to. Darn old torn rotator cuff injury! Sheesh, I hurt that thing way back on Thanksgiving day in 2006, and yet it is hurting today as if I just injured it. I am afraid at this point it is as arthritic as my knees are.

It will be ok. I will put a heating pad on my shoulder, and take my codeine like a good girl, and all will be fine. Heck, maybe I should just stuff the codeine in the bird then everything will really be fine. LOL. Nah, it will be ok, Alan will be home to take it out of the oven when it is done, so I only have to worry about putting it in to roast. In all seriousness, the hardest part is going to be not having my little sous chef, Elvis, to help me prepare the food. He used to sit on a kitchen stool and watch everything I did, when I was making a meal. I even had a little chef's hat for him. Our routine was a simple one. We cuddled up and watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, because nothing officially starts until we see Santa arrive in Herald Square, then we donned our hats, and cooked up a storm in the kitchen. Sigh. I am so sad. It's the first Thanksgiving without him, and I miss him terribly. But I do have two new assistant chefs, who have already shown a great fondness for food! LOL. Things will definitely be interesting in my house this Thanksgiving!

So, that's what I will be doing Thursday. How about you? Tell me, what traditions do you have for the holiday? Are you having a big fancy dinner, or are you playing things low key this year? Do you prepare your feast with any special health needs in mind, or do you "take a break from healthy" for one day? Tell me everything!

"Here Turkey, Turkey, Turkey"
San Ramon, California
November 19th, 2008


Monica said...

I was thinking you had enough to feed an Army there. I forgot about portion cooking. Sounds yummy.


Skip and Vick said...

Wow sounds great...I like turkey and all the other goodies...how far is California from Upstate New York anyway? Vicki and I could zip right over with some eggs, if you don't mind. I'd like to meet Alan. What time is the turkey going to be ready???should we bring wine? We'll have to leave right after we do the dishes because the chickens will need fed too. Ok?
Have a beautiful Thanksgiving and God Bless!

Tammy said...

I have two very close friends in San Ramon and one bad neurologist I don't see anymore. ;)

It's just us and our animals. Turkey, stuffing, mashed taters, cranberry sauce, gravy and rolls.

Turkey/cran sandwiches and turkey/rice soup to follow for days. Dave hates to cook so I'm excited.

No football! We have shrimp w/cocktail sauce and will play Wii.

Pecan pie with cool whip will end the day. I'll be wearing my most flexible elastic jammies.


Linda's World said...

So what time is dinner? Give me plenty of notice I'm coming from Washington state. Everything sounds so good!!! I posted a recipe for left over turkey in my Food Friday entry last week, if you need some ideas for using the leftovers. Linda in Washington

Suzanne R said...

I'm going to my son Jeff and family's house and just taking rolls. (Remind me to get them out of the freezer to thaw tomorrow!) I will enjoy eating the feast there. Your day's eating sounds delicious! And the many days of turkey after that! LOL!