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Thanksgiving Menu Planning

November 24, 2010

We are cooking our own complete Thanksgiving feast this year.  Here’s what’s on the menu so far:

  • Turkey.  We got a locally raised turkey that is supposedly a delicious “local legend”.  It’s 11.5 lbs because there will only be 2 1.2 of us at Thanksgiving dinner…I thought 12 lbs sounded pretty big but it looks more like a big chicken than a turkey!
  • Brine.  We’re going to brine the turkey for 24 hours, starting this morning.  I’m using Pioneer Woman’s brining recipe, which consists of orange peel, rosemary, black peppercorns, a ton of salt, brown sugar, and apple cider. 
  • Garlic Mashed Potatoes.  Recipe of my own imagination.  AKA I will make it up as I go tomorrow.
  • Vegetable.  Currently unknown, odds are this will be a brussels sprouts recipe of my own imagination.
  • Pumpkin Pie.  I did some research to find the supposed “best” pumpkin pie out there and I decided on the Cooks’ Illustrated version, which I’m excited to try!  It is made with canned pumpkin & yams, which are simmered to reduce the moisture to concentrate flavors & prevent the crust from getting mushy.  Then you add fresh ginger, maple syrup, heavy cream…should be good!

What are YOU going to eat?

7 Comments leave one →
  1. November 25, 2010 2:58 am

    Smoked turkey, honey baked ham, pinto beans with habanero chili peppers, mashed potato and gravy, green been casserole, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie.
    Peace & Love

  2. Aunty Linda permalink
    November 25, 2010 6:20 am

    We are going to Heather’s Grandmas after the Detroit Lion football game. Everybody brings something so that makes it alot easier. I’m bring Grandma Ercks cranberry salad. It’s just not Thanksgiving without it. I’m also bringing the mashed potatoes. There will be Turkey, gravy and stuffing and everything else will be a surprise. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!!
    Food, Family, Friends and Football….what could be better.

  3. lucia permalink
    November 25, 2010 3:09 pm

    since i am celebrating by myself i went for random and nontraditional:


    happy thanksgiving!

    • November 26, 2010 10:25 am

      very random, very nontraditional! How were the mandarin muffins??

      • lucia permalink
        November 26, 2010 10:46 am

        project muffins was a big FAIL!!!!! i substituted clementines for mandarins because I thought they would be sweeter. but it didnt even matter.

        citrus should be used with subtly in baking and not be the main ingredient. ugh but the orzo was delicious 🙂

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