I have no pictures of the spread. Once again, I failed to snap a shot before everyone dug in. Whatever, though, here’s what I made.

Turkey, slathered in compound butter made with sage, thyme, garlic, parsley, coriander.
Maple-cured spiral cut ham
Mashed yukon gold potatoes
Mashed sweet potatoes with goat cheese and kale
Roasted root vegetables (potatoes, carrots, parsnips, beets, onion)
Winter squash soup
Baked kabocha squash
Traditional stuffing
Cornbread stuffing with cranberries
Homemade applesauce
Sweet corn
Roasted asparagus
Green beans with bacon
Cranberry sauce, both homemade and from a can
Cream biscuits
Sweet potato rolls

Let me just state that this was way too much food for 8 people. Especially when one of those 8 people is a baby. I blended up some turkey, gravy, asparagus, and corn in my food processor, and my baby loved it. She loved it so much that she dropped the gingersnap she’d been sucking on to eat the turkey slurry.

Everything turned out great except for the cream biscuits. The dough felt very wet, like I didn’t use enough flour. I added more, because it was unworkable. They didn’t really rise, and they came out kind of damp, dense, and doughy. I don’t know what happened. I should have made them the day before, then I could have tried again. Or gone out to get some Bisquick. Maybe the problem was that I used half-and-half, rather than heavy cream? I don’t know.

Also, despite a test run, I burned my parsnips while roasting. This is not the first time I’ve done that. Me and parsnips might be through.

I should have taken notes when I made the cornbread stuffing with cranberries. It was so good it’s crazy. I used cinnamon, nutmeg, and sage. In what proportions I do not know. I’ll be trying it again for Christmas and I promise I’ll pay more attention.

Thanksgiving 2011
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