Thanksgiving, cont.

I’ve already sent Katie about a million messages this morning, so I’m redirecting my planning-energy here rather than anywhere else.  Do feel free to skip this entry unless you particularly want to hear about the recipes I’m planning on doing for Thanksgiving.

Have printed off two recipes for roast turkey; one is a maple-glaze turkey, the other is a maple-syrup-glaze turkey with Riesling gravy.  Honestly the glaze on the first one looks better, but the gravy on the second one sounds amazing.  I may end up combining these two recipes actually.  Oh the second one calls for fresh ginger in the glaze, so maybe I’ll use the second recipe but apply techniques from the first one.  Basically — the first turkey ends up with a crunchy, crystallized glaze whereas the second one doesn’t.

Found a very highly-rated Slow Cooker Stuffing recipe on Allrecipes, which sounds perfect.  Will modify it to be vegetarian, but using a slow cooker will be great since it’ll free up room/time in the oven.  It’s a very traditional stuffing recipe, which is totally fine with me since so much of what I love about Thanksgiving is traditions.

For the mashed potatoes, I found a link to a recipe on Pinterest – but the link doesn’t work, so I’m going to have to improvise.  It’s called Caramelized Onion and Mashed Potato Bake, so I’m going to caramelized a shit ton of onions in a bunch of olive oil, and prepare mashed potatoes separately (with butter and cream most likely).  Then I’ll put the caramelized-oily-goodness of the onions on the bottom of a baking pan, and spoon the mashed potatoes on top, then sprinkle on some kind of white cheese (e.g. mozzarella or some such).  Does that not sound absolutely heart-stoppingly amazing?  Yeah.  I know.

I was thinking about getting pre-made bread for this meal, but since I’m going to do the stuffing in a crock pot, I figure I’ll have time to make some yeast rolls.  Found two recipes from Martha Stewart.  Will probably make the dough the week before and freeze it until that Wednesday.

And I am going to be lazy with the cranberry sauce and/or relish — not making that.  Will have to buy some.

The dessert is going to be great.  I’m going to make a crust and instead of finishing the crust with the typical fringy-thing that goes around the edge (you know, right?) I’m going to put leaf cut-outs around the top edge of the crust.  That will be baked, then the filling added, and on top I’m going to put a bunch of sugared cranberries and serve with whipped cream.  Last time I made this, I put the whipped cream all over the pie (think lemon meringue pie style), but this time – to make the cranberries and the leaves stand out – will just use the cream as a garnish.  Yes, it’s going to be excellent.

Lastly, I mentioned the cheese platter.  This will be to snack on while we’re drinking wine and cooking.  Components will include but not be limited to ——- as much variety of cheese as we can afford (thinking goat, swiss, brie, havarti, cheddar, camembert, etc), figs (if I can find some fresh), green olives, grapes, pistachios, probably another nut (almonds or something), artichoke hearts, capers, honey, and some crackers/crostini/bread thing.

I would like to fast-forward, now, to the week of Thanksgiving so that I can go grocery shopping and decorate my house.

Thanksgiving, etc.

Currently excited about a couple of things, and since it’s Monday morning, I figured I’d write about it a bit.  At least until work picks up some.

I won’t harp on this for too awfully long, but I started playing Oblivion again (which is the Elder Scrolls IV, predecessor to Skyrim) this weekend and am now quite excited about playing more.  I don’t know if you people who don’t play these games realize how amazing it can be to dive into a different world like this, but it is just great.  The graphics are definitely not as good in Oblivion as they are in Skyrim, but they aren’t horrible either.  I remember Matt never liked Oblivion that much, but loved both Morrowind (TES III) and Skyrim; I would totally give Morrowind a shot if the graphics were not so outdated.  But whatever, I’m enjoying Oblivion so far.

I’m also now excited about Thanksgiving.  Hadn’t decided what I was going to do until I complained recently about how I want to host Thanksgiving at my house at some point in my life.  Katie doesn’t have Elliott this year, so she said that she would come to Nashville for Thanksgiving and spend it cooking with me!!!  YAY.  I’ve always wavered back and forth between Thanksgiving and Christmas as favorite holidays, so I didn’t want to not celebrate it the way I want to – but it also takes a lot of gas to drive to Oak Ridge and back just for a few hours.  So this year is going to be similar to two years ago when I made Thanksgiving dinner for myself and Matt – only Katie will be contributing some to the food this time.

Menu will include turkey, gravy, stuffing, Aunt Carol’s Sweet Potato Casserole, this mashed potatoes w/ caramelized onion recipe I found, bread/greens/cranberry sauce and/or relish, and….that might be it for the main course.  And of course I’ll make Grandma’s Magic Chocolate Pie for dessert.  Might do a pumpkin pie too, but that kind of seems like overkill.  The only reason I’m thinking about making one right now is because I just saw a gorgeous pumpkin pie on Pinterest — decorated with leaf-shaped cutouts and candied cranberries.  I could do that with the chocolate pie though, too.  Hm.

So yeah, the day will be spent cooking and probably drinking wine.  There will be mulled wine and cider and a cheese board, and we will probably not be able to walk or even move after we eat dinner.  It’s going to be awesome.  And I’m going to have leftover turkey for a week, which is probably one of the reasons I want to do Thanksgiving at my house.

fall cheese platter

(Cheese board inspiration, because I love the picture and want to make more of these.)

I think I’m going to Chattanooga this weekend with Stephen.  His family is having some kind of …thing.  One of his relatives started this women’s magazine, I believe, and they’re having a sort of…um, I guess reunion for the magazine?  I’m sure I’m botching it.  But his mom wanted him to come, and I’m actually a little excited about going too.  I haven’t been to Chattanooga in a long time, and I’m anticipating it being a beautiful drive down.  Looking forward to Rembrandt’s for sure – will need to buy some coffee while I’m there.

Hm.  I might start compiling a Thanksgiving list.  I know it’s over 2 weeks away, but the sooner I start planning, the better, right?  Heh.