Saturday, November 26, 2005

How Big Was Your Bird?

Because ours was a whopping 24 pounds!

Now it wasn't supposed to be so large when I reserved it from the Garden of Eve this past September. I was expecting a 12-14 pound Broad-Breasted bronze turkey raised on the farm, but when we picked the bird up last weekend, we were informed that they had grown a lot faster than expected.


11pm Thaksgiving Eve

8am Thanksgiving

4pm Thanksgiving


Brad and I have successfully roasted our first Thanksgiving turkey and it was deeeelicious! Complete with gravy (which was described as "liquid silk", thank you very much!) cornbread and sausage stuffing and cranberry chutney, the monster turkey was enjoyed in the company of several of our friends –
Christine (and her parents from Washington state), Megan and Josh – with whom we planned a joint feast.

The menu will make your mouth water:

Mushroom and leak turnovers
Green salad with pomagranite seeds and vinagrette
Fruit salad
Roasted green beens with prociutto
Brussel sprouts with hasel nuts
Cranberry chutney
Free-range, pasture-raised turkey
Rich gravy
Cornbread and sausage stuffing
Mashed potatoes
Sweet potatoes
Pumpkin pie
Pecan pie
and, last but NOT least . . . Chipotle ice cream

Mmmm, mmmmm, mmmmmm. I think Thanksgiving has officially topped the list as my favorite holiday of the year . How wonderful it is to spend a whole week planning and cooking for a holiday which you celebrate by sitting down and eating a huge feast! Brad and I had a great time roasting our turkey together and were certainly rewarded for our culinary efforts. As we went arround the Thanksgiving table saying our thanks, friends in company who can cook (!) was a big one.

Oh, and the eating isn't even over yet. We've got leftovers we'll be enjoying for days and turkey soup in the works. Yummy :)

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