Well, my first Thanksgiving… cooking. Usually I go to my grandparents’ house for Thanksgiving, but now that Jon and I are living in Arizona, that’s really not an option if we want to be able to afford plane tickets home for Christmas too. So we’re having Thanksgiving at our apartment in Phoenix, and Elise and Dave flew down to join us.
Thank god I’m only cooking for four. Lol. I bought a Jennie-O oven ready turkey, which is actually just turkey breasts, but that’s good enough for me. I chose the oven ready turkey because I have heard horror stories of problems that resulted from thawing issues. Anyway, here’s the menu:
Stuffing- Jon’s mom’s recipe
Mashed Potatoes- Trader Joe’s
Gravy- half turkey drippings, half pre-made turkey gravy
Sweet Potatoes- Outback’s recipe
Sweet Potatoes- Jon’s Mom’s recipe
Pillsbury Grands Biscuits
Green Bean Casserole- Campbell’s Soup recipe
Pumpkin Pie- my grandma’s recipe
White Wine- Trader Joe’s, of course
We had to buy a lot of equipment for this dinner: a roasting pan, turkey forks, candles, placemats, napkins, gravy boat, meat thermometer, etc. And I hope I have enough dishes, pots and pans to cook everything in.
It’s kind of interesting to observe the fusion of two families, and how their recipes evolve, and what gets used and kept and what is left at the wayside. I agreed to make Jon’s mom’s stuffing instead of my grandma’s because I thought he would cave with the sweet potatoes. That was probably the biggest food disagreement that we had when planning Thanksgiving. He wants to make the ones with all the junk on them (i.e. marshmallows, nuts, berries, etc). I wanted to make them like Outback’s- baked in the oven for 45 minutes, then topped with honey butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. But needless to say he didn’t cave, and we’re making both.
We are going to have a TON of leftover food.