I'm not a total slacker. I have brought side dishes to share on Thanksgiving -- I'm pretty good at Jello pretzel salad and green bean casserole. But I've never cooked a turkey. Never even bought a turkey. I have no secret family recipes that I slave over. Mike's grandmother once gave me her recipe for sausage stuffing and swore me to secrecy over its contents, but I don't think "Brown the sausage, mix it with Stove Top" is really mum-worthy.
This year we are celebrating Thanksgiving dinner with Mike's dad. He is taking care of all the food (and by "taking care" I mean "ordering and picking up from the country club") I feel guilty. If I were a good daughter-in-law, I probably would have offered to cook. Although, given my culinary history, perhaps not cooking is really more of a gift.
Having said that, next year, I am making Thanksgiving dinner. All of it. Well, most of it. At least the turkey. And the cranberries with orange zest. In fact, the menu for Turkey Day 2014 that is rolling around in my head is already making my mouth water:
- Turkey (duh) -- and I even know to take out those yucky inside parts
- The afore mentioned cranberries with orange zest
- Mashed potatoes and gravy (which might come from a jar. I don't think I can handle scratch gravy the first year)
- Green bean casserole (the Durkee French Fried Onions recipe, no fancified version)
- Mashed sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top - Charlie's favorite
- King's Hawaiian Rolls
- Honeyed carrots (after I ask my friend Jane how to make them again)
- Fall fruit salad (another Jane creation that involves apples, pears, raisins, honey and ginger)
- Roasted root vegetable stew -- This one I might have to buy. I tasted it from Killer Tofu at the Edible Indy launch party 10 days ago and I'm still thinking about how good it was. Amazingly, it had beets in it and I loved it.
- Some lentil-pea-pebble crockpot something or other that I don't remember what it's called from U-Relish Farms, but that I tried at Edible Indy and is another one I'm still thinking about.
- Pumpkin pie (Robbie's favorite)
- Chocolate chip pecan pie. Not sure where that came from, but it just popped into my head and it sounds SO good, doesn't it?
Are you cooking for Thanksgiving? What's on the menu?