I spent Thanksgiving Eve with a best friend and her husband for a drink and a bite to eat. Then I rushed home to make bar-b-que for my son to take to hunting camp. But the night before I began to prepare for my Thanksgiving dinner.
Before baking I made my cranberry chutney. For years I made my grandmothers recipe; just toss the cranberries and an orange in a food grinder and add lots of sugar. Now I make a chutney that I simmer on the stove, it gels into this deliciousness of sweet and tart cranberry heaven! I simmer the berries in water and sugar until they pop, then add lemon and orange zest and their juices, simmer a little more and it is done!
Next my list is the cherry pie. Why I didn’t put the blasted pie on a baking sheet like I usually do is beyond me. But I didn’t. every few minutes I was checking to make sure it didn’t bake over. And it was doing so well. Until one peek. It was bubbling on the bottom of my oven. Damn! So I cleaned it up the best I could before I popped the pumpkin pie in the oven.
I used a new pumpkin pie recipe, wishing I would not have. Not super happy with it. But it looks good!!!
The turkey was yummie! I get my hands under the skin on the breast and separate it, rub olive oil all over the breast meat. Then I make combination of spices and herbs and rub that over the breast meat. I also dot the breast meat with butter. Then I rub the skin with olive oil. I think I need to go make myself a sandwich!
Anyone have any disasters? I didn’t quite have a disaster, but I did forget the sweet potato casserole! I didn’t put it in the oven early enough so it wasn’t ready when we sat down to eat. I completely forgot about it until I started to clean up the kitchen. Whoops! I use butter, eggs, spices and vanilla for the potato part and I tried oats, brown sugar and butter for the topping, different from what I usually make the topping, not convinced I like it yet.
And if I wasn’t tired enough, friends and I were out shopping by midnight! It was lots of fun and very beautiful!
On Black Friday, its tradition in my hometown for Santa to arrive in the morning. I was shopping at that point so I missed the parade. It’s also tradition for the Christmas tree lighting. Complete with old-fashioned carolers and free hot chocolate.
Hope everyone had a very happy and fun Thanksgiving!