Monday, November 28, 2005

Thanksgiving (aka "My Stomach Hurts-Day") and QOD #9

Wow. It is really hard to get up for work the Monday after Thanksgiving weekend. I stayed up past midnight last night, trying to get as much out of the long weekend as possible. Now, I feel groggy and my tummy is upset! But it was definitely worth it.

I caught up on Lost, watching crazy Ana Lucia struggle with her demons from the past. I also watched Desperate Housewives and Grey's Anatomy, also so much fun! But enough of my TV ramblings, back to Thanksgiving.

I was lucky enough to be invited to my sister's house, who baked the turkey and had prepped a lot of the meal in advance. I helped prepare a bunch of the dishes. We had: squash casserole, broccoli casserole, mashed potatoes, dressing, corn casserole, persimmon bread, and other various snacking items.

We discovered two things about turkeys. They hide that little pack of organ meats in its neck...you should find and remove prior to baking (well, next time, I guess). And second, with the help of a dictionary, we confirmed that giblets are pronounced with a "j" sound and not a hard "g" sound at the beginning.

The only thing I made (prior to arrival) was that fabulous pumpkin cheesecake. BTW, I figured out what makes my cheesecake crack on the top...it happens when I use the instant read thermometer to check the temp in the center. Next time, I know how "jiggly" it should look and I won't make that mistake!

My favorite foods this Thanksgiving were the squash casserole and the gravy. The gravy made everything better! The squash casserole is just so yummy that even my son who does not like squash ate it. It is basically this recipe from Allrecipes, with one added ingredient: bacon. And not just a little, but about 1 slice per squash. It has squash, cheddar cheese, bread crumbs and bacon. How could this not be good? Cook the bacon and onion together a little, then add the squash a cook until softened (don't overcook, it will finish cooking in the oven). Follow the rest of the recipe as directed.

Also very good were the pomegrantinis that my sister-in-law made. It is basically a pomegranate martini using POM. They were delicious. I'm not sure if this is the exact recipe, but it sounds right:

Pomegrantini
2 parts vodka (use a good one, we used Belvedere)
1 part pomegranate juice
splash triple sec
orange rind for garnish
Combine first 3 ingredients with ice in shaker. Shake, strain and serve in a well-chilled martini glass. Garnish with orange rind.

My sister used this menu mailer from Saving Dinner. It helps you get organized for the dinner. It provides you with a shopping list, a timeline on when to buy your groceries and when to prep different components for the meal, and then of course the rest of the instructions and recipes to finish off the meal.

I will add some photos soon from this lovely feast. Hope that everyone out there had as tasty a holiday as I did.

QOD #9
It's so beautifully arranged on the plate - you know someone's fingers have been all over it.
-Julia Childs

7 comments:

Amy said...

I am very, very thankful for Lost myself. I am addicted! Your day sounds wonderful, especially those drinks. :)

Kristi said...

mmm... I could use a pomegrantini right about now. I bet everyone raved over that pumpkin cheesecake. I think I need to make it again soon. Glad you had a wonderful holiday.

Dawn said...

amy, I love Lost! I have a bunch of shows that I watch right now, I feel like there is a ton of good programming currently. Those drinks were delish and went down a little too easily!

kristi, I'm with you...I could use a good, cold pomegrantini, too! Everyone did really like the cheesecake. I was so stuffed full that I couldn't really enjoy any, but everyone else seemed think it was good.

I hope you guys can join in the Holiday Cookie Exchange I'm hosting this Friday/weekend.

vlb5757 said...

Dawn, I can't tell you how many times as a new wife I cooked that darned bag. Who knew? My mom never told me it was there so after about three times of doing that I finally remembered it was there. It did cook and added flavor but ick!

Everything sounded really good and I can't wait to see those pictures. I love to see everyone's pics. Did you see what happened at Michelle's (Accidental Scientist). I had to laugh. It was really funny!

Dawn said...

Vickie, I'm sure that my sister will be glad to hear that..especially coming from a personal chef!

I'm going to check out Michelle's now...must not have been up when I was looking earlier.

LisaSD said...

Thanks for the heads-up about saving dinner--never heard of it before.

Dawn said...

lisasd, my sister absolutely loves Saving Dinner and the Flylady (who helps you organize your life). You should check them out!