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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Gobble, Gobble, Cough

This is Thanksgiving week in the States. and this seems like a good time to take a short hiatus.

That, and because I've got a cold.

We're actually celebrating Thanksgiving early since Greg has to leave before the holiday, which proves the point that any day can be a day of thanks.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Who's traveling? Who's hosting? And most importantly, what's on the  menu? I'm always looking for new ideas.

Update: How to cook a super moist turkey. This really works!

This year, I stuffed the cavities with cut oranges and onions, and slathered it under the skin with herb butter. I slow-cooked the gobbler in a roasting bag for seven hours at 320 degrees. The recipe I followed suggested eight hours, but seven was plenty for this size bird.

It was beautiful. Just as pretty as the picture in this post. was so tender, it fell off the bone with the slightest pressure. Not good for carving, but who cares when it's this tender.

My side dishes were braised asparagus in wine vinegar, Brussels sprouts, garlic mashed potatoes, croissants and cranberry sauce as a topping for vanilla ice cream.

Then we fell into the traditional turkey stupor. Great dinner! This morning I sent Greg home with plenty of leftovers. He won't have to cook for a week!

PS  My cold is nearly gone too. Huzzah!


Stacy McKitrick said...

My menu is pretty standard, but my son is providing desert, so no pumpkin pie. Don't know whether or not that makes me sad, but I wasn't going to say no to him!

Travel will be happening AFTER the holiday. We leave for our cruise on Saturday. Can't wait!!!

Here's to a fun Thanksgiving Day, whenever you celebrate it!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Okay, I just now realized my blunder. My son is not bringing a desert (how would he carry THAT?), but a dessert. Yeegads! :)

L.G.Smith said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Mine will be very low-key this year. No family get together, but I'll cook a small turkey and eat lots of pie. :))

Enjoy your time off and feel better.

Melissa McClone said...

Happy Thanksgiving. There was a chance hubby was going to be sent overseas yesterday so we made the most of his weekend home. Fortunately he got out of it, though will probably be having lots of calls. Better that he's home with us so I can deal with that.

We're going to my parents for dinner. Typical menu. I'm making the cranberry sauce. I got off easy!

I hope you feel better! And your books should be in the mail tomorrow or Wednesday! I'm slowly working through my To Do list, but this weekend put me behind again!

Barbara Ann Wright said...

Everyone's coming to my house for turkey and pie. Not together, that would be gross.

Angela Brown said...

I'm dodging the cooking (shame on me, I know). I'm hopping over to a friend's house for gobble, gobble and good, tasty things.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and the whole fam at the homestead and get well soon :-)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I'm hosting as usual but traveling tomorrow to bring another child home from college.

Maria Zannini said...

Stacy: Ref: cruise
That's a heck of a Christmas present. :)
Well done!

Maria Zannini said...

LG: Ha! I would be more than happy to eat pie instead of turkey. Love pie.

Maria Zannini said...

Melissa: You DID get off easy. Lucky!
Glad your hubby got to stay home for the holidays.

And thank you for the books. Looking forward to it.

Maria Zannini said...

Barbara: You're obviously a glutton for punishment. LOL. Glad you're not cooking everyone together. ;-)

Maria Zannini said...

Angela: Oh, no, you're the smart one. Any time I can get out of cooking, I feel I came out ahead. LOL.

Happy Thanksgiving, Angela!

Maria Zannini said...

Susan: Is that the last of your brood to come home? I know how nice it'll be to have the whole family together. Enjoy.

James Garcia Jr. said...

Happy Thanksgiving, my friend. I'm still foggy on the details of what we're having, but we're still doing the two house thing; my parents at noon and my in-laws a bit later. I just hope my beloved Cowboys play better than they have, allowing me to properly digest my meal. Any chance this might happen? *sigh* Yeah, I didn't think so either.


Shelley Munro said...

Have fun and enjoy our break.

broken biro said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

We don't have it here in the UK. 8-(

But in honour of yours I just made cranberry porridge for breakfast!

Maria Zannini said...

Jimmy: Are you still playing the two-house rule? Oy! Good luck with that.

And better luck to the Cowboys. They'll need it.

Maria Zannini said...

Shelly: I needed this break. My immune system has been fighting an uphill battle for several weeks.

Maria Zannini said...

Broken Biro: Cranberry porridge? You must post that recipe some time. There hasn't been a cranberry recipe yet I haven't liked.

broken biro said...

Here's the recipe:
Prepare porridge. Add cranberries (and also slices of banan if you're feeling reckless!). Microwave.

Maria Zannini said...

Broken Biro: But what do you guys over there consider porridge? That word has kind of fallen off the radar here.

The closest thing to porridge here might be oatmeal. Is it soupy or firm?

Charlee Allden said...

Your dinner sounds totally yummy! We had a traditional southern meal with the standards of turkey, potatoes, gravy, green beans and cranberry plus greens and cornbread. I have never learned to love greens myself, but they made my Dad, Aunt, and Uncle very happy. Turned out to be a great day.

Best wishes to you!

Shirley Wells said...

That sounds delicious, Maria. I'm always envious of my friends in the US at Thanksgiving because I *always* fancy turkey then. By Christmas, I've usually gone off the idea. :)

Glad you're feeling better!

Maria Zannini said...

Charlee: Hi Charlee! I'm not fond of greens either. I'm sure it's an acquired taste. :)

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Maria Zannini said...

Shirley: It's funny how turkeys have become such a staple here for Thanksgiving. I guess it symbolizes sharing the wealth of the harvest.

For Christmas at our house it's almost always standing rib roast. After several days of turkey leftovers, I'm ready for red meat. :)

Mike Keyton said...

We're getting Beef for my birthday - Christmas Eve, and a free range Bronze turkey for Christmas - and I'll be following your recipe. I reckon your method probably gave you plenty of good juice for toast and dripping : )

Mind you, I'm not quite convinced about wine vinager and asparagus. Has to be butter for me : (

Maria Zannini said...

Mike: There was probably more than enough drippings for your toast. :)

I'll send you my asparagus recipe. It really was good. It had a little tang that left an excellent taste on the tongue.

Nadja Notariani said...

Hi there, Maria!

I did not get your email??? If you want, resend. Thanks.

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Maria Zannini said...

Nadja: Just sent you an email. Hope it makes it.