Happy Thanksgiving

How are you planning on spending your Turkey Day?  I am celebrating at home with family.  My brother and his partner flew in from NYC yesterday, and my mother and stepdad will be arriving this morning.

My husband’s in charge of preparing the turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, and an apple pie with the crust rolled out from scratch.  My Mom’s making a salad, sweet potatoes, chex mix, fudge, and a pumpkin pie.  My brother (possibly the best cook amongst us) is creating a gourmet stuffing with cherries, grapes, celery root, leeks, and roasted chestnuts, as well as a a wild mushroom dish.  He also bought a pecan pie.  That leaves me with surprisingly little to cook myself — fresh cranberries and a green bean casserole.  Fortunately, we have a massive kitchen with two large prep islands, a six-burner stovetop, and two ovens for preparing all this food.

My husband was supposed to be in Narita, Japan, but he was able to go a few days earlier instead, so he’ll be home to celebrate with us.  I am thankful to be celebrating this holiday with my family!


  1. I just have to say… I LOVE YOUR KITCHEN. No, really, Damian Daily fans, she has the most awesome kitchen ever. The only thing I’d add to it is a giant griddle plate (like the ones you see at a Japanese steakhouse). Then I would live in her kitchen. I want to live in her kitchen now, but that would be a little weird.

    Have fun!


  2. Eight hundred or so miles to the east of your kitchen, your father-in-law prepared a very similar dinner — turkey with sage and apple stuffing, redskin mashed potatoes, cranberry gelatin salad (with walnuts), winter squash, peas, gravy from scratch, and black olives. We ate so much at 1:30 PM that we had to delay dessert- fresh apple pie and pumpkin pie with whipped cream till suppertime. The rest of the day we watched the Macy’s Parade and two football games. We enjoyed telephone calls from family. What a great day!


  3. Liz, what a great idea… We could cook Mongolian BBQ on a big island griddle. You are also welcome to move in any time. When the zombies come, I expect you to bring the survival guide and the defense know-how, and we’ll provide the hilltop fortress and the food pantry supplies.

    Mom K., we watched the Macy’s Parade too. The girls enjoyed watching the giant balloon floats. We should go to NYC to see it in person some time.


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