11.25.2012

My Thanksgiving Roundup


It's been a busy week! My lovely parents came into town on Wednesday evening and we've been going non-stop for most of the week. I haven't seen them since last Thanksgiving (yes, a full year. I know...I'm a bad daughter)! But what can I say, we just moved across the country, I don't have much vacation time and you know...life happens. Needless to say, its been too long.

So this week we've had a lot of catching up to do, and a whole lot of eating.

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. You wake up, eat a decent breakfast, start cooking, open wine super early (I actually waited until about 11:45am), cook some more, drink some more, add some cheesy appetizer, a little more wine and FEAST!

Here's my run down...
My favorite veggie on Thanksgiving. I saute them in olive oil then add lemon and salt. Yumm.

This is a pre-dinner nap. 

My first ever homemade stuffing - made from homemade bread with fresh rosemary, sage, and parsley. Turned out to be the highlight of my dinner.

The pre-roasted carrots.
Tossed with olive oil, lemon, honey with salt, pepper, and cayenne.  Roast at 400 for about 30 minutes or until they are tender and beginning to brown and caramelize.
Learned this one from Strudel by the way.

Mom and I cooking. I have tickle her to make sure we smile in photographs. 

Starting the b-sprouts. 

Turkeyyyy!
We did a brine that started the night before. One of Alton Brown's that consisted of salt, sugar and water.
I will never, not brine my future turkeys.  

Fresh. Bread. 

Dad mashing the potatoes.
His one job. 


The end result. 

Football.

Brussels, Green Beans, and Roasted Sweet Potatoes.
Sides are my favorite. I like a lot of them. 

The spread. Dinner is served.

My plate. First serving.

Then...food coma and maybe a board game.

Hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving!

Erica

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