Cranberry sauce made from recipe on bag of fresh berries, but cut sugar down to 1 cup. Anyone can do this with hands tied behind back. Serve in Mom’s pretty round crystal bowl.
That raw relish you make in the food processor with a whole navel orange [pits removed] and uncooked cranberries. Nope.
Mom and Dad’s gravy boat, from their wedding china—it’s the one time you use it all year, and it’s a comfort.
Dan googled vegetarian gravy and made a potful so delicious, that all of us, even vegan Figgy and picky Punchy, loved it. MJ said it was the best gravy she ever had. [She whisked it over the heat for a while to remove the lumps, so that was a big help.] Dan being Dan, I have pressed him for the recipe but he won't be nailed down. He said it had flour, bouillon from a jar, oil….
The jar of Heinz turkey gravy. In a pinch, if Dan’s not making the magic gravy, get the expensive fresh turkey gravy Kings sells for the holidays.
ShopRite brand frozen young turkey was excellent, once the 24-pound freebie finally thawed. This year, if you spent $400 between Oct. 15 and the day before Tgiving, your turkey was free. Dan chose a huge one. I was skeptical of ShopRite brand, preferring classic Butterball but it was the best turkey I ever had. Sam Sifton’s orange and fresh sage treatment from nytimes.com surely helped. I coudln’t get into tucking the sage leaves under the skin, but Punch and I brushed the bird with melted butter and I squeezed on the juice of 2 oranges and put 2 squeezed halves inside the cavity., I salted the bird liberally. and stuck the sage leaves on top, pressing onto the butter.
Pepperidge Farm bag of cornbread stuffing. Have Dan doctor it and keep it vegan, using broth, mushrooms, Craisins, celery, onion.
I think Dan did add some of my fresh cornbread from Kathryn at Home book recipe but I forgot, or Figgy wouldn’t have partaken, since I’m pretty sure it contained butter, egg and Parmigiano-Reggiano. But fresh cornbread dressing always sounds appealing.
The 4 small French apple tarts [Tartelettes aux Pommes] you’ve been baking for Dan since you were dating in the late 1980s—a recipe from Lionel Poilâne via the NYT Magazine.
Next time, do not make the apple tarts and 2 pies; rein it in to the tarts and 1 pie. You had to throw out half of a delicious Melissa Clark peanut butter pie w chocolate crumb crust because you would have eaten the entire thing and no one was helping. You were right to skip the absolutely fabulous Emily Luchetti pecan pie because again, you would eat the lion’s share. Maybe if you are taking it somewhere….
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Lessons learned this Thanksgiving. How bout you? Tell me. And Kim and Lin, I'm lookin' at you, with your huge crowds for dinner!