Oops, I did it again! I missed a couple posts. I could give several reasons for my negligence, but I won't because it's redundant. Suffice it to say I have a lot of irons in the fire. And I don't see it changing in the foreseeable future because I want it that way. (Catch the references? I've been listening to too much pop music lately!)
Anyway, I plan to roll Wacky Wednesday and Friday's Five Favorites into one post. Here goes!
Now that Thanksgiving is less than a week away, my mind wanders to Thanksgiving-past and one near-disaster in particular. I've previously mentioned how Sean and I host, and I bake the turkey and desserts. Dessert has always been my forte, and I've gotten fairly decent at preparing turkey. However, an incident two Thanksgivings ago nearly ruined my turkey-baking streak.
We always serve our meal around noon. It was eleven-thirty on this particular Thanksgiving. The heady aroma of turkey baked to a beautiful, golden crisp filled the air, and Sean and I anxiously awaited our families' arrival. As I transferred the scrumptious bird from the roaster to a platter, I spied a rectangular white packet nestled in the turkey's cavity. My heart sank. After diligently attempting to remove its innards before baking, I had overlooked a vital part: the giblet package.
Thus began a frantic online search to ensure the safety of eating my gloriously baked bird because the directions clearly stated to remove all innards packaging before baking. Once I discovered a reliable response, I exhaled with relief. The silly, little package had not burst; therefore, the meat was safe to eat.
Needless to say, I now examine the turkey's cavities with the diligence of Santa Claus: I check it twice, three, even four times. I insist that my "elf" (Sean) checks it as well.
I hope my part in this year's feast proceeds without a hitch. Regardless of what happens, I know one thing with certainty: there won't be anything in the turkey's cavities except globs of margarine caked with seasonings!
Keeping with the Thanksgiving theme, here are five dishes that must grace my Thanksgiving table.
1. Turkey: Some people prefer ham, and that is perfectly acceptable. But, it's simply not Thanksgiving without a turkey. For the past five years, I've been responsible for providing the delectable bird, and my skills have improved yearly. My secret? Creole butter. Injecting that flavorful liquid into the turkey has become my favorite part of the preparation.
2. Dressing: Not stuffing. Dressing. The kind that's baked separately in its own dish. I prefer the cubed bread kind like Stove Top, but most of the family likes the cornbread kind.
3. Green Bean Casserole: I've been making this since I was a teenager, and I only eat it on Thanksgiving. It contains a few of my favorite things: green beans and mushrooms.
4. Candied Yams: Not baked sweet potatoes. Yams drenched in margarine and brown sugar and blanketed with marshmallows. No one can make them like my mama.
5. Pumpkin Dessert: I'm not crazy about pumpkin in general, but it simply is not Thanksgiving without some type of pumpkin dessert. Last year, it was pumpkin pie and chocolate chip pumpkin cookies. This year, it will be pumpkin cheesecake and pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. Look for the recipes in an upcoming post.
Well, now I'm caught up with posting. Until next time . . . bye, bye, bye! (I had to add at least one more reference!)