I can’t believe it’s December.
I also can’t believe that I volunteered to take over Thanksgiving (choosing the menu and cooking all but the turkey, that is).
And, furthermore, I can’t believe that I’ve now volunteered to do the same for Christmas Eve dinner and the Christmas cookie-baking.
Anyway, I’m a bit behind in blogging, but here’re some goodies from Thanksgiving. I’ll backtrack from there and post some earlier photos — later.
We — my grandparents, some of my immediate family and another family (10 people total) — began the meal with squash and corn chowder. This was one of the dishes we made when I visited some friends in Roanoke in July, and it was a resounding success.
One of the reasons why I volunteered to take over Thanksgiving was, I was a little tired of the usual dishes. Squash casserole? My older brother is the dish’s biggest fan, but he’s in Hawaii. I nixed that one and decided to introduce the soup course.
Then, with the turkey, we had three other dishes plus the usual Thanksgiving condiment.
Mushroom, onion and sourdough stuffing, a la Bobby Flay:
I’ve never been a fan of stuffing — or dressing, whichever — but the week before, Jeff and I watched the “Throwdown with Bobby Flay” episode wherein Bobby and The Pioneer Woman (Ree Drummond) went head to head on a full Thanksgiving meal. This was Bobby’s stuffing, and both Jeff and I decided to give it a shot in our respective homes.
It was pretty good.
Garlic green beans — another area where I diverged from the usual Thanksgiving meal. Green bean casserole has also been a staple, but I figured that the squash and corn chowder was providing enough calories to warrant the ousting of a casserole dish.
Pioneer Woman’s crash hot potatoes (I’m a big fan of PW):
And the cranberry sauce:
I was pretty excited about having pulled off a successful Thanksgiving meal (sans the turkey, which I left in my mom’s hands). Sure, I forgot some minor ingredients and made some other small mistakes in timing, but everything came together and I never felt like I was under a lot of pressure to have everything perfect.
Plus, I actually enjoy cooking.
Which is why I’m going to do it again for Christmas Eve and the holiday baking. Although, this time, I’ll enlist my sister-in-law’s help.