We have a menu. Had a big, long grocery list (but purchased a big cart full of stuff today). We’re stocked up on to-go containers.
I’m starting to feel ready.
So, without further ado, here is our (sort of general so I don’t give away all the secrets) Thanksgiving menu for this year:
- CSA curry squash soup with a tossed salad (topped with stuff like apples, dried fruit and our favorite fancy cheeses and homemade dressing)
- The basics: Turkey, ham and I hear there will be a special appearance by Jeff’s dad’s polish sausage.
- Wild rice stuffing
- Sweet potato hash
- Parmesan mashed potatoes
- Bread and rolls
More importantly, I wanted to pass along a list of recipes that have been inspiring me for this year’s meal. Usually, I start in early November saving recipes into a folder on our computer. This year’s folder: Married Thanksgiving 2012! From there, I let my creative juices flow and give it the Mandy and Jeff touch. Here is that rundown:
- The last time we made a turkey we followed Alton Brown’s cooking situation to a T. It worked perfectly and we’ll do the complete process, which includes brining, again this year.
- This wild rice stuffing recipe was enough to make me switch from a bread-based stuffing to a rice-based. Plus, I don’t have a tried and true and marvelous bread-stuffing recipe.
- Jeff’s Men Who Cook recipe was praline bacon, which made me dream up a sweet version of a sweet potato hash. Can’t wait for this one.
- We desperately wanted to use up our CSA squash. Google lead us to many squash soup recipes, including one from Wolfgang Puck and another from Alton. We cooked down all of our squash last weekend to get that step out of the way. Every thing that can be made a little early helps on the morning of, we’ve learned.
- And, you can’t serve mashed potatoes without good gravy.
The very best part about Thanksgiving at the condo is I DON’T HAVE TO DO DESSERT, which is awesome because I really don’t bake. Everyone else is bringing that!
Less than two weeks to go! Simply cannot wait.