Saturday, November 28, 2009
It was a really fun Thanksgiving day. David and I got up to get old Tom in the oven and fix the rest of the dishes we were preparing. Our friends were going to arrive around 11:30 for a late lunch. The boys were sooooo excited! They love this tradition each year. As do we!
David and I followed the Barefoot Contessa's turkey recipe this year. Herbed butter between the skin and meat, vegetables in the cavity to provide flavor. Lots of salt and pepper. It turned out really well - very moist. We've brined before, and tried a few other cooking methods too. This one was one of our better efforts.
In addition to the turkey, we made 2 appetizers - beer bread/cheesy chive dip (courtesy of Tastefully Simple)and sausage balls, pilgrim hats, cranberry sauce, and Mai Tai's (I was trying to get rid of the Orgeat Syrup in the fridge).
Leslee and Candy brought pumpkin pies, homemade roles, appetizers, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, potatoes au gratin, and 2 types of dressing. It was all really delicious!
The kids had a ton of fun playing together. We made use of the pilgrim attire bought for another purpose earlier this year! We are truly thankful for our many local friends who make up our family in Indiana since our family is so far away.
Now, on to Christmas!