Wednesday, November 21, 2007

It's A Hen Party!

Tomorrow is the big day for turkey that you get to eat, unlike the turkey we've had to swallow for the last seven years. All my guests are women this year, the guys think they are going to swing by and eat leftovers but they are probably in for a rude surprise.

Since Thanksgiving tends to be somewhat of a traditional holiday, I don't understand why everybody gets so freaked out about cooking it. If you make most of the same dishes year after year, what's the problem? I change up the flavor of the turkey and the stuffing/dressing and usually keep the sides pretty close to the same. I change it a little depending on the guests.

This year's menu consists of:

Turkey - Herb brined for about 15 hours because it is less than ten pounds

Herbed Shallot Stuffing

Creamed Mashed Potatoes with Spinach

Brussels Sprouts with Marjoram and Pine Nuts

Baked Tomatoes - it's a recipe from my mom

Gravy - Homemade from the drippings if they aren't too salty from the brine

Cranberry Sauce - Harry's

And last but certainly not least,

The Pink Teacup's Sweet Potato Pie recipe in a gingerbread pie shell.

No bread, there are more than enough carbs in this meal.

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