Although I felt like I was playing catch-up for the last week, we did manage to pull off our traditional Ridiculously Complicated Feast this year, thanks to Bernie taking on more of the advance preparation than usual. There were: Spiced Pecans, Roasted Turkey with Apple Cider Thyme Gravy; Wild Rice, Spiced Pecan & Apple Stuffing; Whipped Yukon Gold Potatoes with Horseradish; and Cranberry Citrus Compote (all from the October 1998 issue of Fine Cooking magazine, and reappearing on our Thanksgiving table every year since), and the Cinnamon Molasses Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Crust from the December 1999 issue of Bon Appetit, also a family ritual. We skipped the Buttercup Squash Soup this year and tried out two new vegetable recipes instead, a Pomegranate-Balsamic Glazed Carrots (a keeper) and a Green Beans with Crispy Pancetta, Mushrooms & Shallots (not so much), both from the September 2009 issue of Fine Cooking. Place cards are courtesy of Lars-of-Ours.
Notes to Myself for Next Year:
- Stop being such a baby about the pie crust. It's not as big a deal as you think it is, and the homemade pecan pie crust is definitely worth the effort.
- It would be better if guests didn't arrive until after the bird is in the oven, when I've transformed back to my human self.
- Don't forget to plan a light lunch for Thanksgiving Day.
- Did you order Christmas cards yet?!