Sunday Comics: Cooking a Turkey

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The countdown is on to what has become over the years my favorite holiday: Thanksgiving.  I mean, how do you not love a holiday dedicated to food and family and friends and football?!?!?

Of course, it is all too easy to go overboard and completely stress yourself out: how to prep the turkey, how to bake the turkey, whether or not to brine the turkey, what sides, how many desserts, which wine, comparing yourself to that one person in your life who goes over & above so much they make Martha Stewart look normal, and on and on…

STOP THE STRESSING!

All you need to know is in this video from Mary Risley (Tante Marie’s Cooking School) (namely don’t stress and pour more wine!). It is on the longer side, but you definitely get the gist in the first few minutes!  Also a word to the wise: if you’re listening to this at work, perhaps you want to put in your headphones.

Happy cooking!

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Thanksgiving Bowl

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For those of you out there who celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope that you had a wonderful day filled with great food, family and/or friends, football, parades or however you like to celebrate.  I spent the day rotating between cooking and loafing and eating an extraordinary amount of cheese–it was a great way to spend a day!

Aside from the getting together with loved ones and cheese (and of course, wine–but isn’t that a given??), my favorite part of Thanksgiving is the leftovers.  Everything that is delicious seems to have even more flavor after sitting in the fridge (although I would say that is true of most things).  Thus when you bring them out again for a midnight snack, breakfast, or whenever strikes your fancy, the results are magical.

In that spirit, I present to you my Thanksgiving Bowl:

I know, I know there are some of you reading this now who are disappointed it has nothing to do with football, well…yesterday was a huge disappointment on the football field–so I’d rather just forget those games, thankyouverymuch!

But there isn’t anything disappointing about this bowl!  It has everything delicious about Thanksgiving.  For me, that would be mashed potatoes, turkey, dressing, and cranberry sauce–well almost everything delicious except the pie.  I would recommend saving that for dessert…or even better: an appetizer!  😉

So tell me, what’s in your Thanksgiving Bowl?

Gobble Gobble

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Here’s wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving day filled with lots of turkey, wine, pie, mashed potatoes, wine, pie, and FOOTBALL (you know, all the important things in life!).

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Sunday Comics #42 Pie

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Just a little pie chart for the upcoming week…

pie chart

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday Comics #41 Basting

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It’s bast-ically funny, you know, so long as you have a glass of wine in hand…  😉

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Giving Thanks

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Since mid-August, I feel like my crazy life has been one big trip.

That is not a complaint in any way, shape, or form–just a statement of fact, as for the most part all the trips were amazingly wonderful.  But there is something to be said for being at home with the pupcicle and doing something for the first time in a long time, which was breathe.

There was no thinking about work or planning the next trip or cleaning or planning of ET posts.  I gave myself permission to have a day all about doing what I wanted to do, which was a whole lot of cooking, yelling at stupid ^&*&$%*@&(%) football games, a Harry Potter movie marathon, and snuggling with the Princess Pupcicle, who was happy to oblige.

It was completely opposite to my amazing Thanksgiving last year in Florida.  Nor was it the Thanksgiving I thought I would be having (aka in Texas with the Fam), but it was truly what I needed–so for that I am exceptionally grateful.

I got to geek out with my roasted pumpkin soup by roasting the seeds and adding them to the top.

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And took the time to make mini pumpkin pies with fresh whipped cream (thanks April–Lucille makes it soooooo easy!).  I loved how they turned out–perhaps not Food Magazine worthy, but you can tell they were made with love….AND A LOT OF TIME ROLLING DOUGH!  Poor Addy, she thought she was getting cookies (perhaps a task for this weekend!).

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YUMMY!

YUMMY!

Happy Thanksgiving–even if it wasn’t what you thought it would or should be, I hope that in the end you had a great day!  Gobble-gobble!

To Can or Not To Can…

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When it comes to cranberries, it seems everyone has an opinion about which is better–canned or fresh.  I’m in the Fresh camp, but I know people who are staunch proponents of the canned jellied variety.  Apparently something about a slice of a canned cranberry log is appealing.  Texture-wise, I can see the appeal.  I will admit before seeing the fresh light, I enjoyed canned cranberries.  But once I made homemade cranberry sauce, I’ve never even looked back because IMHO taste-wise, it just doesn’t compare.  In a pinch, I will used canned whole cranberries and then doctor them up with cinnamon, cloves, and peach liquor or wine to add some homemade flavor (which is essentially what I add to my fresh cranberries).

crannnnnntastic!

crannnnnntastic!


So, my dear readers…which do you prefer?  Say it loud and say it proud!!

Food Fest!

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Here’s hoping that at this point, you’ve slowly come out of your carb & tryptophan induced coma.  Personally, I’d like to still be in one, but alas–back to the real world.  I have to share our menu, because it was amazing.  And delicious!  However, because we wouldn’t want it to be too perfect, our beautiful pecan pie was a big soupy mess.  Not that it was deliberate, mind you!  It was truly a devastating tragedy, as it looked amazing and everyone aside from Christi and I proclaimed pecan to be their favorite holiday pie.  Ooops.  It does serve as a reminder that just because something is beautiful on the outside does not mean that it’s beautiful on the inside.

A Beautiful Tragedy!

A Beautiful Tragedy!

But enough about the pie tragedy, on to the rest of the delicious and very edible comestibles!

My (very full) Plate...and yes, I ate every. single.bite!

My (very full) Plate…and yes, I ate every. single. bite!

  • Turkey
  • Dressing
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Sweet potato casserole
  • Green bean casserole
  • Relish Tray
  • Cranberries
  • Corn
  • Gravy
  • Pink Salad
  • Cherry cheese pie
  • Cheesecake brownies
  • Pumpkin cheesecake

I feel like I’m leaving something out, but I can’t remember…so I’m going to leave you with a few mouthwatering pics, a few you’ve seen if you follow me on Facebook or Twitter @epicurioustexan (shameless plug!!)

Cranberries

Cranberries

pickles and okra and peppers oh my!

pickles and okra and peppers oh my!

bring on the Turkey!

bring on the Turkey!

The Dessert Table...yes, they got their own table!

The Dessert Table…yes, they got their own table!

WINE!  I forgot the wine…a pinot noir, of course.  What else does one have on Turkey Day?  Gobble gobble!  I know, I know that was rather snobby of me–drink what you like!  But do try to like pinot noir, if for nothing other than drinking with Thanksgiving dinner ;- )

Alright, so how did your Thanksgiving compare?  Inquiring minds want to know!