Thanksgiving Recap

Ahh, the big day is over and the pressure is off – both in the kitchen and on our tummies.

We cooked, we eat, we cleaned, we slept. And the leftovers began this morning.

The meal was delicious, although not perfect which leaves room for a do-over next year.

The table consisted of a wonderful smoked turkey, compliments of HH. This meant a special “bird bath” the night before with molasses, orange slices, onions, garlic, peppercorns and bay leaves. The turkey was delicious and moist and smoky.

Then there were the homemade popover rolls and special Tarte Tatin (French apple tart). The popover rolls were better with a different recipe then the first attempt a few weeks ago, but the Tarte Tatin caramel was over cooked. Oh well, that’s why I bought a chocolate cake for HH earlier in the week.


There was sweet potato casserole, stuffing (I went astray from my usual recipe and need to get back on track for next year), mashed potatoes, gravy, deviled eggs, Anna’s cranberry Waldorf salad and for the “green” dish a wonderful fall salad with baby Bibb lettuce, arugula, pomegranate seeds and mandarin orange slices.

The big faux pas of the day was mine. I was so focused on getting the popover rolls and Tarte Tatin in the oven and not opening it so the popover rolls didn’t fall, that I forgot about heating the sweet potatoes and stuffing! So once the popover rolls and Tarte Tatin came out of the oven, they had to sit for about 20 minutes in order to warm the others – that meant the popover rolls fell and got cold – not their best presentation, but still better than the first attempt.

Oh well, as I said, there is room for a do-over next year. And don’t worry, HH didn’t go hungry, he managed to fill his plate with all kinds of tasty treats!

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