This year was a first for me: I made my first Thanksgiving dinner. Yes, you heard me right. I’d never cooked a full Thanksgiving dinner before in my life. I'd never even cooked a whole turkey, just turkey parts. We rarely if ever spend the holiday at home. Our relatives have always done a bang-up job hosting Thanksgiving, and if I can possibly avoid throwing a party, you better believe I’ll make every excuse in the book. I love to cook, but doing so for any more than 6 to 8 people does not compute. Add perky conversation to the list of hostessy requirements and I’m guaranteed to be catatonic for a week afterwards.
But this year we got two Thanksgivings: one with Husband’s extended family and my dad out by Worcester on the actual day, and one at our place on Saturday for my mom and her fellow. I really enjoyed making all the different pieces of the dinner. I mean not as much as I enjoy arriving to a meal already prepared, but I still had fun. Our 14-pound turkey from Chestnut Farms was perfection, and it had little if anything to do with me. Their meats are swoon-worthy and worth every penny. It didn't need a brine or anything. I also made sausage and shiitake stuffing, homemade cranberry sauce, kale with butternut squash, mashed potatoes (actually I’m giving Husband the credit for these because of his deliciously heavy hand with the sour cream), and sweet potato flan.
I love Thanksgiving. It’s my favorite holiday. I was so happy to get to celebrate it twice. Now tell me what you ate so I can relive it a third time! And a fourth! And a fifth!!!