What perfect timing! How many of you are cooking today in preparation for tomorrow?
Today is for baking pecan pie, and making mashed potatoes, cooking cranberry sauce, and putting together my sweet potato dish.
Do you use tried and true recipes for turkey day, or do you like to mix things up and try something new?
This year I am brining a giant turkey breast with a recipe I have used before (if you have never brined your bird TRY IT, it makes such a huge difference. Unless, of course, you prefer dry turkey.) I am making dressing from a recipe I found in a magazine a few years ago, Mike and Charlie are now big fans. I picked up day old foccacia rolls and a day old baguette at Cafe Latte to use in it, along with turkey sausage for my vegetarian friend who is joining us for the meal.
My green bean dish is from Ellie Krieger, simple flavors of sauteed shallots and fresh mushrooms to go with the crunchy grreen beans. If I was home, I would be looking forward to my mom's classic green bean casserole, but at my house I have decided we have enough caloric numbers in the meal already.
The fresh sweet potatoes will be roasted to bring out their natural goodness, then mashed with some freshly squeezed orange juice and a little maple syrup. Again, if I was in Bemidji, we would enjoy the classic with marshmallows on top, but I like to have my own traditions when I am doing the cooking.
Whatever your plans for the day, I wish you moist turkey, and perfect stuffing, and safe travels on your journeys! I am so grateful to have amazing people who take the time to read about my life.