So, I meant to post this sooner, but right after Thanksgiving I had to head to the great white north of North Dakota for week of work. (More on that later.)
Anyway, we had Thanksgiving at our house this year and my folks came over. If you read this blog at all, you know that Hubby does most the cooking in this house, except for Thanksgiving. His only food duties to Thanksgiving are the 2 most important - the turkey and the cherry pie. The rest is up to me and I love the challenge!
I made my usual sourdough pear cranberry stuffing with mushrooms. Sauteing veggies and bread and fruit:
I also made candied yams, garlic mashed potatoes and pear-rum gravy but I was too busy cooking to remember a picture. They turned out awesome ~ you can take my word for it.
As for Hubby's turkey - well I think it was the best one yet! We normally buy a free range turkey from the PCC or Co-Op because we have found that they just taste better. But this year, Hubby found a local farm that raises the the turkey chicks and then lets them range in an orchard where they eat fallen fruit, melons and whatever else wild turkeys eat. They only raise them for Thanksgiving and you can order them online and pick them up fresh - no frozen turkey here. So, Hubby decided to try one. He went online and reserved their smallest bird - 16 pounds.
The weekend before Thanksgiving, Hubby happened to be out near the farm and decided to call an see if he could get our turkey that he was going to pick up Tuesday. Well, he couldn't because they hadn't killed it yet! Now that's fresh! He went out and picked it up as scheduled and returned home with a 20.6 pound turkey because that was the smallest they had. But he only had to pay for the 16 pounds he reserved.
It was the prettiest turkey I have ever seen. It was plump and healthy looking and the butcher did an amazing job. Hubby made his usual herb brine and the turkey barely fit in the bucket! He let it sit over night and cooked it per the farms instructions and this was the result:
It came out of the oven as pretty as a picture. (see above) and tasted even better than it looked. It honestly is the best turkey we have had! I don't have the words to tell you how awesome it was.
Equally as awsome and tasty was dessert. Hubby made his famous (in our family) cherry pie. It really is the best cherry pie and by far my favorite of all pie types.
I hope all of you had great Thanksgivings with fabulous food! I will be dieting until Christmas Eve when Hubby cooks my birthday dinner (menu to be determined) and and Christmas when my mom cooks Christmas dinner!