Thanksgiving 2011

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
Gravy

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.

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Favorite Photo 2011

I was let on to a photo assignment by Jennifer over at Bread and Putter. I met her at Big Summer Potluck 2010, and have been enjoying her recipes and wit ever since. I’m the kind of person that works best when on assignment, so I think I’ll be following Scott’s blog and attempting his assignments.

This is an especially easy one to start with, as it doesn’t require me to shoot any new photos. Picking just one favorite from the year my first child was born, however, is not actually so easy. I found out about this assignment late, sadly, and have missed the deadline. Whatever, though, I’m doing it anyway. Hopefully Scott will forgive this transgression, since I’m new to his blog.

So here it is, my favorite photo of 2011. My daughter, 6 weeks old, caught mid-sneeze.

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On Tonight’s Plate 5

I finally got my salad, and boy was it good. I’m beginning my foray back into the land of dairy, going slowly to make sure it’s okay. In case you’ve forgotten, I stopped eating dairy 6 months ago because my daughter (who I am nursing) was having a reaction to milk proteins. I was instructed by a GI specialist to cease consumption of dairy until “a few weeks” before her next appointment, which is December 19th. I think I cried when I found out. I’m glad it’s finally coming to an end.

I started easing my way back in last week with some processed nasty garbage that I used to love, which was mac-n-cheese from Wawa. I barely ate any of it, and was highly disappointed. My baby seemed fine with it, though. No reaction, so I get to continue.

This week I decided to do it right. I had a few ounces of chevre, and it was heaven. Assuming my baby again has no reaction, next weekend I will probably add creamer to my coffee. Black is getting kind of boring.

Anyway, back to the salad. It’s simple, pretty, healthy, and delicious. Everything a salad should be.

Spring mix

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On Tonight’s Plate 4

Pot roast, yukon gold mashed potatoes, braised onions, gravy… That right there would be a hit on its own. Usually I’d have some carrots in there but I forgot to buy them when shopping on Monday, much to my dog’s chagrin. After yesterday’s fry-fest I needed to have good vegetables. I made steamed fresh green beans tossed with Earth Balance and garlic, and I made zucchini sauteed with shallots and scallions. Easily the best zucchini I’ve ever made. Granted, I’ve only been making zucchini for about a year. And shallots make anything tasty. I’m looking forward to a salad tomorrow, though.

My general pot roast seasoning:

a sprig of rosemary
some dried thyme
a few pinches of sage
a dash of tarragon
shit-ton of fresh ground pepper
beef broth or bouillon as the liquid

After the roast comes out, sift flour into the remaining liquid while whisking. Add a bit of gravymaster if it gets too light in color. Salt to taste. This will be the best gravy ever. You’ll have tons, so freeze some for future use. Try using it with meatballs, or thinly slice up a cooked steak and pile it on a hearty bun then pour

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On Tonight’s Plate 3

This is actually last night’s plate. Whatever, though. It’s pretty horrifying, honestly, but it was fantastic. I did not get a picture of the bowl of broccoli and cauliflower I had next to my husband’s plate, but believe me when I tell you it was there and we ate it. I show you this photo not because I’m proud. I’m actually a bit embarrassed. I shouldn’t be, because we so rarely eat like this. And I was feeding my baby homemade organic baby food, so I can feel good about that. Anyway, I share this meal with you for two reasons. One, I’m honest. I’m making an attempt at documenting what I’m eating and/or feeding my family. Because so many good spur of the moment recipes get lost in the bustle of life. Not everything is a winner, and I think it’s okay to show that too. Maybe my mistakes will help people not make the same ones. Crappy food sucks. It’s a sad meal and wasted money. This, however, is not one of those cases. The second reason I am sharing this with you is this:

I have no name for it. We gobbled it all up while moaning

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Fried Stuffing Wontons

Do you have hungry people that wander around the house on Thanksgiving, mumbling about their grumbling bellies? That hover in your kitchen asking for tastes and times? Serve up a plate of fried stuffing goodness and give yourself a break. Or, if your guests prefer to starve all day in wait of the main event, make these on Friday with some of your leftovers. They really couldn’t be easier. All you need are packaged wonton wrappers, an egg, prepared stuffing, and oil for frying.

Lay your wrappers out on a flat surface. Place 1 teaspoon of stuffing in the center of each one. Brush egg white around the edges, fold, and press to seal. You can either stop there, or fold your two corners together, sealing them with egg white as well.

If you happen to have pie filling sitting around, and if you have leftover wonton wrappers, consider making dessert. I filled some wrappers with blueberry, some with cherry. I made pumpkin pie wontons, too. My personal favorite, though, was a dollop of apple butter.

Test to see if your oil is hot enough by dropping in a bit of wonton dough. It should sizzle and float to the

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