Monthly Archives: November 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

It was a three dishwasher load Thanksgiving.  Totally worth it though. Some highlights:

  • Potato fennel gratin – same recipe I’ve made for the past five years. Still a winner.
  • Cornbread and herb stuffing – this could be improved.  I cobble together about 4 recipes and it’s not everything it could be.
  • Piquant cranberry sauce – this was not the hit I was hoping it would be. It wasn’t bad, but I think it will be better as a spread for a turkey sandwich tomorrow.
  • Bourbon cranberry sauce – WOW. I should have doubled this recipe. You combine cranberries and sugar and you bake it. Then when it’s done, you add bourbon and fresh squeezed orange juice.  All kinds of awesome.
  • Green beans with pine nuts and lemon zest – my one legitimately healthy dish.
  • Onion gravy – I made this ahead of time and it worked out beautifully. I ran it through the food processor after to get rid of the chunks of onions.
  • Brined and then roasted turkey. It was falling off the bone, it was so good. Here’s what I used for the brine:

2 cups firmly packed brown sugar

2 cups hot water

1 1/2 cups coarse or Kosher salt

1-2 gallons cold water

2 teaspoons peppercorns

4 bay leaves

3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

1 cup chablis or chardonnay (dry white wine)

Recipe taken from this site.