As you are all aware, Thanksgiving is fast approaching. As many of us will be traveling to be with our families, there will be some who must stay behind and act as host: I am one of these people. Yes, my wife and I will be hosting Thanksgiving for the 11th year. I am estimating that around 20 of her family (all of my family is hundreds of miles away) will be descending upon our humble home and for the next 8 hours, chaos will reign supreme.
Now, I am not saying that I dislike hosting Thanksgiving, in fact I enjoy it. I look upon it as a challenge in logistics and a test of my cooking skills. The only part I have a problem with is when people start to come into MY kitchen and get in the way. Other than that, I actually have fun. My responsibility is the turkey, whipped potatoes, one side dish (I try to come up with a new side dish to try each year and this year it is going to be a spinach and artichoke casserole), and two pies. I say my responsibility, because I want my wife to be able to spend as much time with her family as possible, so I do all the cooking and baking (except for one pie that my wife bakes).
Why am I telling you all this, besides having the opportunity to post a new article? Well, over the next several days, I will be sharing some of the recipes I will be using and I'll also tell you how I go about preparing the guest of honor...the turkey. Now, to start things off, let me give you my actual Thanksgiving Shopping List (as of this writing) for this year...
Granny Smith Apples...2.5 lbs.
Jellied Cranberries...2 cans
Stuffing Mix...3 boxes
Vegetable Broth...3 boxes
Smoked Gouda...1 lb
day-old French bread...1 loaf
Artichoke Hearts...3 (8 1/2-ounce) cans
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Spinach...2 1/2 pounds
Dry White Wine...1/4 cup (optional)
17 November 2008
I am currently a stay at home father/teacher to two wonderful children. I have also authored two books: The Farm House The Farm House and Building Your Retaining Wall, which are both available through Kindle. I like to cook and experiment with new recipes.I also currently have a blog where I write about everything ranging from weight loss to landscaping and just about everything in between.