Friday, November 23, 2007

Thanksgiving 2007

Mom and Dad decided to drive up to New York at the very last minute for Thanksgiving. They called as I was cooking yesterday morning. It was great. It was only going to be me, Mabel, and Ben, but I decided to go all out anyway. So it worked out pretty well.

It was one of the nicest cooking days I've ever had. I started prepping at around 9, so I took my time. Mabel and I took a little break at 11 to check out the Macy's Thanksgiving day parade, but we couldn't figure out the access points. They blocked off all the cross streets east of 8th Ave. The best view we got was of a disassembled Statue of Liberty float that reminded us of Planet of the Apes.

Anyway, I discovered a Taco Bell on 8th Ave and got 2 Tacos Supreme out of the trip.

On Wednesday I picked up a pumpkin pie at Fairway and some cookies at Levain Bakery. We had dinner at Burgers & Cupcakes that night, and the waitress gave us half a dozen free cupcakes. How nice! We whipped up some whipped cream to go with the pumpkin pie. Our family isn't very dessert-oriented, so we had way more dessert than we usually do.

I used the Harold McGee method of roasting a turkey combined with the dry-salted method I like for roasting chicken.

By Harold McGee method, I mean putting ice packs on the breast meat for a few hours. I'm not the one who thought it up.

For wine, we drank Cava and the Fantino red wine that Mabel and I like so much.

For the rest of dinner, we made cranberry sauce with mint, Brussels sprouts cooked with bacon, green beans with mint, fat asparagus with soy mustard sauce, beets from the PA garden, garlic rice, mashed potatoes, maple syrup yams, and a three mushroom stuffing.

My mom brought water from the well in PA and doraji from her garden. We also had kimchi and pickled kkaennip that she made.


crystal said...

Wow-- you certainly wrote away on your blog this wkend. The turkey dinner looks delicious!! And I never knew your parents grew so many things in their garden!!

David said...

Yeah, I've been backlogged and we've been eating out a lot more often lately. I never knew they grew so many things either, until I started cooking more.