Wednesday, November 18, 2009


I am cooking my first Thanksgiving dinner this year! For many years after we got married Mr. J and I would go to his brother's house in GA for Thanksgiving. A wonderful tradition sadly ended by his reposting to Kansas. This year my in-laws are coming down, so I'm prepping the big feast.

On the menu so far:

Stuffing (my MIL's recipe)
Buttermilk mashed potatoes
Green bean casserole
Roasted brussel sprouts and/or roasted baby carrots w/thyme
Toasted corn pudding
Cranberry sauce (canned, but a delish cran-orange relish got vetoed by the traditionalists)
Rolls & butter (I'm hoping to do homemade, but will depend on time)
Pumpkin pie (MIL)
Caramel cake

Turkey isn't my favorite meat in the world, but I am using my Dad's foolproof "Roast in a Paper Bag" method which has netted him a juicy, golden-brown turkey every year for the last 30 years.

Mmm, mmm, good.


Debbie said...

As much as I like different foods and experimenting with my taste buds, I have to agree with your traditionalists that you have to have the canned cranberry sauce. There's just something about a big, gelatinous cylinder, ridges and all, sitting in a bowl. And even though all my foodie magazines say that you have to have real cranberry sauce/relish, I haven't had one that I liked. I haven't tried your's yet, though.

Your meal looks tasty, but I'll miss you!

Anonymous said...

Sounds delicious!!!!! Do you remember that the "brown bag" turkey is seasoned well, stuffed, placed on a rack and then into the bag. The bag is stapled closed and bird-in-bag is placed on a regular roasting pan. No peeking!!!!! And be sure the bag does not touch the oven coils or sides. ENJOY! mama