So while Ya'll are defrosting, brining, deciding whether to stuff or not stuff your turkey and planning to get up at o'dark 30 to get said turkey in the oven I'll be sleeping in. Why? Because vegetables don't take effing forever to cook.
Just because we are not doing a turkey doesn't mean we aren't going to have a lovely traditional meal. Because, you know thanksgiving is all about the side dishes and the leftovers. We don't need a turkey for that.
It looks like it will be just JR and I for dinner this year and while that sounds quiet and leisurely it also sounds like a lot more planning work. You know that if you are cooking for twenty it is easy...just cook lots of everything. But, cooking for just two is a lesson in subtraction. Every recipe will need to be cut down to serve 4 max. Math + librarian = head exploding.
So, I'll be cooking a little bit of the following:
*Deviled eggs (just a few because it wouldn't be a holiday without these)
*Blood Orange Cosmopolitans.
*Roasted vegetable and sage gravy
*Roasted garlic and white cheese mashed potatoes
*Rosemary roasted beets
*Bourbon glazed sweet potatoes
*Green beans (not sure what I'll do with these yet)
*Cheesy creamed spinach (because I'll eat this stuff on a flip flop)
*Veggie sausage dressing (JR loves my veggie chorizo dressing)
*Oregon Pinot Noir
*Pumpkin tarts (we can not eat a whole pie to ourselves or at least we shouldn't)
*Blue Bell Gingerbread Ice Cream (JR couldn't resist)
Now, that I write all this down it seems like a lot but really since I will only be making no more than 4 servings of each we will have a few leftovers, which really is at this is all about.
None of this takes a whole lot of time on my part which is nice since I've done my time in the kitchen in the past. I'd like to start spending holidays actually enjoying my time off. So, while I love cooking I've really gotten tired of the all-day kitchen marathon that most holidays seem to demand.
Sending my best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving to you and your families.