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I do hope you aren’t in this kind of mess. Or worse, hanging out at some dreary airport waiting for a flight. Or fogged in which apparently is what is happening in the Midwest.

But even if you are *gasp* working today (and of course not really working but playing on your computer), or just waiting for the big feast, I figure that most people are too busy to be bothered reading the tripe I work so diligently to produce.

That being said, I’m unable to shut my trap for long, so here’s what I’m doing.

The menu is of course decided upon.

It is the usual fare.

I like tradition a lot when it comes to my Thanksgiving meal. It’s MY tradition, by the by, not necessarily yours. So feel free to bemoan that there is no wretched green bean casserole (made it once thought it was awful boring), or pumpkin pie (like it just fine but just finished eating a pumpkin cheesecake about a week ago thank you very much. –stay tuned for that recipe on What’s on the Stove in upcoming days  or weeks)


  • HAM (because I couldn’t find a goose and didn’t feel like trekking to Wal-Mart *shudder* to see if they had one) Nothing special here, just a honey/soy sauce baste I think. Or I might get brave and try some of the chile honey I have to spice it up a tad.
  • Mash potatoes (standard fare)
  • Gravy (it will be chicken based cuz that made more sense than beef and I couldn’t find any turkey broth-go figure-and I may put in some bacon grease to liven that baby up a bit, but Thanksgiving without gravy is like sex with your clothes on, very exciting to start with but a poor finish)
  • Corn casserole (my synthesis of many recipes and I think mine is actually the best. It comes out light and fluffy without all that cornbready taste of a heavy topping. I don’t use JIFFY by the by). You can find it here. (I know, it’s too late for Thanksgiving but gee, Christmas is just around the corner.
  • Sweet potato casserole (again, I synthesized a lot of really lousy sweet potato casseroles to get one that is more savory than sweet. No marshmallows on this one. You can find that recipe here.
  • Italian stuffing (this is a recipe I picked up from ABC on one of their holiday contests. I modified it a bit, but we love it. Combines cornbread and regular bread and well, you should try it. You can find it here.
  • Brussels Sprout Saute. I created this one myself and it’s wonderful. If you like Brussels, and you will if you make this. Trust me. You can find it here.
  • Relish Tray. Standard scallions, radishes, pickles and olives.
  • Rolls. Having my Cheddah Jalapeño biscuits that I made a few days ago. I just froze the balance for tomorrow. You can find that recipe here.
  • Cranberry Sauce. This is a new recipe but it turned out wonderfully. It’s made with mulled wine. I’ll be posting it in a few so be on the lookout.
  • German Chocolate Cake. Again, this was a new recipe. The layers were all sunk in, but I’ve been advised how to fix that. I may post the recipe. The frosting is the standard coconut/pecan type. I’ll be posting that too.

I’ve got the brussels cleaned, as well as the scallions and radishes. The Sweet Potato casserole is in the fridge all put together. That came together a bit faster than expected since Diego was caught grabbing the cooked sweet potatoes. (A gate is being prepared for the kitchen since the boy now regularly sneaks in and scarfs anything off the counter (eatable or not) within his reach. It’s becoming a real pain.)

The veggie parts of the dressing are cooked and stored in the fridge and the breads are drying out.

The cake is made and the cranberry sauce as well.

I guess I’m about done for today.

A nifty bunch of left overs from past meals is serving us well these days, so I don’t have to spend extra time in the kitchen. Today, baked rigatoni and salad.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone and we’ll talk on Friday again.