Happy Holidays! Thanksgiving went above my expectations. The “surprise,” my brother came up from Orlando to surprise my mom and dad. Total “Niagra Falls Frankie.” I’ve been sitting on that mystery nugget for a month and am thankful I didn’t slip up. He came in late Wednesday, which means getting my a** out of bed on Thursday morning was incredibly difficult. I Turkey trotted 10 miles solo, but it was a great run and you feel so much better before heading into the kitchen. I wish I could have snuck in a proper race, but we were in the kitchen at 8:00 AM. Oy!
On to the food! Our turkey, aka “Norman,” was a success. Phew! The brine worked perfectly and the turkey turned out better than expected. I can’t believe that thing sat in a bucket in our garage overnight. Faith in the Food Network! Alton Brown knows what he is doing – get Alton’s recipe here. Not to brag, but it was probably one of the best we have had in years. We also made a squash casserole that was amazing – thank you Paula Deen. Butter makes it better. I whipped up fresh, homemade cranberry sauce. Deliciously easy. Something about cooking the meal makes you appreciate it 100x more.
I also baked until the blender beater fell off. Pecan Pie, mini Pumpkin Pies and Pumpkin Bars. The mini pumpkin pies were a huge hit, but they were almost an epic fail. First time baking a recipe means you almost always forget a step.
After our Thanksgiving with my family, we were off to Andrew’s family. His mom and step dad are serious chefs and they did not disappoint. We got in more turkey, this time deep fried (they do two turkeys, one normal and one deep fried). They inject this turkey with seasonings and spices and let me tell you, fried is the way to go.
We saw tons of family and seriously this is my favorite time of the year. I am so blessed and fortunate to be surrounded by such an amazing family. What a great holiday.
Now – get ready for loads of obnoxious Christmas and holiday rants.
I truly hope that you enjoyed some time with your family and friends as well. Wishing everyone a fantastic start to the holiday season.
Favorite Thanksgiving dish? Let’s here it!