Usually it’s just the four of us for holidays. This kind of sucks, because I absolutely love to cook and the holidays are a great chance to showcase my cooking. Years ago, I decided not to let the fact that it was only us stop me from going all out on the holiday fare. I kind of make an all day event of it.
If I find the time and the inspiration, I will make some sort of breakfast, but it’s the least important meal of the day. For lunch, we bring out the appetizers. This year, we will be having sausage, cheese, & crackers, glazed meatballs, and veggie roll-ups (made with my homemade tortillas).
We will be having a traditional dinner of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce, and dinner rolls. I’m making Parker House rolls this year. They are one of my favorite dinner rolls, yet I so rarely make them. For the turkey, I am thinking a blend of lemon, garlic, sage, thyme, and rosemary will make a delicious bird. I’ll use the pan juices to make my gravy. I do not stuff my bird in the traditional sense. Instead, I will throw lemon and seasonings inside the cavity.
Assuming that we still have room after we have consumed all of the above, I will be making a couple of desserts. This year, the kids wanted pie and cookies. We decided on the traditional apple pie. I am going to make homemade whipped cream to top the slices. After a little thought, I decided to turn my favorite pumpkin dessert into a cookie. I have adapted my pumpkin cupcake recipe into a cookie recipe. I will be topping them with a cream cheese cookie icing.
I suspect that come Friday, we will hardly want to move. Though, I also assume that the guys will have to work that day.
I’ve spent the last few days working out recipes and planning every detail of Thanksgiving dinner. I have a legal pad that is half full of recipes for that day. These recipes may make it into the cookbook alongside so many other great recipes I’ve been working on.
Now that all the recipes are written, it’s time for me to plan my holiday schedule. I like to decide what can be made in advance as well as knowing exactly what time every little piece needs to go in the oven or slow cooker or on the stove top. I plan my holiday meals down to every last detail. This doesn’t always result in a dinner delivered on time, but it keeps things on track so that only things out of my control can delay me.
My son’s birthday falls just a couple of days before Thanksgiving this year. He has requested black forest cake. I have requested that he give me until next weekend and allow me to focus on all that I need to get done for Thanksgiving this week. He is agreeable to that. For his birthday dinner, Clark will be making chicken and dumplings.
After I’ve got my recipes together and my timing planned out, I will prepare my grocery list. This will include comparing prices of my two local grocery stores, Meijer and Kroger. I live pretty much smack dab between the two. Meijer often has the better prices, but as of lately they do not seem to be bothering to stock their shelves. I am hoping that they will at least be prepared for the holiday rush, though I am not holding my breath as they didn’t even have any cranberry sauce on the shelves Sunday which was the first day of the sale.
How is everyone else doing in their holiday meal preparations?