My Turkey Tale

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Well we have all recovered from our turkey comas (I hope) and with this Thanksgiving coming to an end, I must say—it was a bit of an odd one for me! Given that I am now an adult an all, my family decided that I should make Thanksgiving dinner this year, I said I would when we first started joking about it and somehow that joke became my reality so Thanksgiving dinner was up to me and I am pretty impressed that I didn’t ruin the turkey or commit any other holiday atrocities.

Sunday morning my Thanksgiving adventure began with a 5-hour drive as I moved upstate with my 20-pound turkey riding shotgun! With Sunday night dedicated to unpacking my overflowing car (it’s a good thing I bought a Subaru!) and rearranging the kitchen, Monday morning bright an early—I can’t sleep in anymore after working at the winery it’s terrible—I began the Thanksgiving preparation, it was time to set the menu and go shopping. Note to future holiday hosters–it takes a LONG TIME to make all of the dishes, I suggest getting as much cooked beforehand as possible! The next few days were spent singing along to Disney movies while baking up a storm–there really is no other way to cook than while belting out the soundtrack to Tarzan, I highly recommend it!

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Giving Herman a bath, as he had cold feet and needed a bit more defrosting.

Now I am not a raw meat fan or a big meat eater for that matter and I do my best not to touch uncooked meat on principal. However, unfortunately I left my rubber gloves at home so I was forced to lift, poke, clean, stuff, and touch the uncooked turkey with my hands, which I was obviously thrilled about! But it was surprisingly not too bad. The only hiccup in the plan was that Herman (we became quite friendly this turkey and I, after a 5-hour car ride you get to know someone you know?) but anyway, Herman had a bit of cold feet and he came out of the fridge last night a bit frozen . . . but not to worry, I gave him a little bath in the sink and after splashing around for an hour or so he was nice and defrosted and ready to be prepped for his big Thanksgiving début!

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The Appetizer

When finally all the family arrived there was really nothing for me to do but sip my wine, snack on a baked brie, and chat, or so I thought. The hour before dinner was a hectic mess of me shooing family members from the kitchen while heating and boiling and baking things left and right. But when dinner was finally all ready everything turned out quite nicely and we had a lovely dinner. I couldn’t believe it, my first Thanksgiving, my first holiday that I prepared entirely by myself, and my first turkey and all of it went pretty smoothly. And what better way to end the evening than with a dip in the hot tub and a glass of wine? Happy Thanksgiving!

My Thanksgiving Menu:

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Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Baked Brie with Cranberry Garnish
  • Turkey
  • Potato Stuffing
  • Gravy
  • Cranberry Sauce (Both Berry and Jelly)
  • Corn Muffins
  • Roasted Asparagus & Brussels Sprouts
  • Baked Sweet Potatoes
  • Butternut Squash Bisque
  • Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake
  • Apple Cake
  • Hot Spiced Apple Cider

The Wine Selection:

  • A.Rafanelli, 2005 Zinfandel
  • Ducru-Beaucaillou, 2004 Bordeaux
  • Chateau Guiraud, 1976 Sauternes

Tomorrow morning after a wonderful breakfast of cherry scones—if I’m doing this holiday thing I am doing it right with all the fixings!—it is off to the slopes for the opening day of ski season! While there is not much snow on the ground, it’s better than nothing! Winter here I come!

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