Sunday, November 18, 2012

Thanksgiving Prep

This year for Thanksgiving will just be Charles and me. Since we'll be visiting my parents for Christmas, we decided to lay low for Thanksgiving. I haven't made Thanksgiving dinner since our first married Thanksgiving back in 2008. That year I had VERY bad timing and nothing was done at the same time and we ended up eating a lot later than I wanted to. I'm hoping this year goes a lot smoother.

Here is the meal line-up:
Turkey--I'll probably just get a turkey breast. I don't want to deal with a whole turkey and end up with tons of leftovers.

Kentucky or Corn Spoon Bread--my co-worker made this for our work Thanksgiving Cook Out on Thursday. It was so delicious! I found a recipe for it on Pinterest that I am going to attempt.

Parmesan Walnut Broccoli--neither Charles nor myself like Green Bean Casserole. That is the only green veggie side we had at Thanksgiving when I was growing up. Charles thought we should do something with walnuts and broccoli. I found a recipe for a broccoli and walnut side on Pinterest, of course.

Sweet Potato Casserole--I don't like this, but it is a must-have side dish for Charles.

Stuffing--I'll probably get a mix from Earthfare instead of making it completely from scratch. It's not hard to make from scratch, but having a mix will give me one less thing to really worry about.

Mashed Potatoes and Gravy--the potatoes will be made from scratch and I'll probably get a gravy mix to keep it easy.

Caramel Apple Pecan Pie--this is my all-time favorite kind of apple pie! It is sweet and yummy! I typically use Granny Smith apples exclusively. This year I'm going to do a mix of Granny Smith and Honeycrisp. My sister introduced us to Honeycrisp. It is a Minnesota-based apple and it really tasty. I think it will go well in my pie. I think we're going over to our friend's house for dessert on Thanksgiving, so I'm going to bring this with us. The wife is gluten-free, so I am going to get some brown rice flour to use in the apple/caramel mixture instead of regular flour so she can at least enjoy the filling. I'm going to stick with my typical pie crust from Immaculate Baking Co.

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