Monday, November 26, 2012

thanksgiving recap

::gobble gobble:: another thanksgiving meal under my belt! it always feels so good to be able to prepare something nice for my family. <3 LOVE <3

this year i was fairly relaxed in terms of planning and prepping. i guess after a couple of years i've finally figured out a solid menu and learned to keep things simple. everything came together really well ::pat on the back:: 

sunday i made the gravy and cranberry sauce. wednesday was for baking the pumpkin breads and cheesecakes, blanching the green beans, peeling/cutting/soaking the potatoes, and air-drying the turkey.

thanksgiving day was everything else~

thanksgiving 2012 menu:
- "use a spoon" chopped salad
- roasted (kosher) turkey (13.88lbs lucky~)
- dead simple turkey gravy
- basic cranberry sauce
- mom's sticky rice
- ultra-fluffy mashed potatoes
- green beans with crisp shallots
- butter sauteed corn
- roasted brussels sprouts and cauliflower
- mini pumpkin goat cheese cheesecakes with pecan crust (gluten free)
- mini vegan walnut pumpkin breads (to take home)


  1. The turkey looks really good. Nice and brown! How did you cook it?

    1. thanks, liuzer! it's actually pretty simple. first i let the turkey air dry overnight unwrapped, then i coated it with a layer of mayonnaise (it adheres better than butter). i cook it breast-side down at 400F for about 30 minutes, then reduce the oven to 350F for the remainder of the cooking time. i turn the bird right side up for the last 30-45 minutes of cooking so the breast can get nice and brown. i basted a little throughout but probably could have done more... once it's done, i let the turkey rest, tented, for about 20 minutes while i get the rest of the food to the table :)