Thanksgiving turned out to be more or less a success. Once we found out that my mom would be released from the hospital on Thanksgiving Day, Amy and I got ourselves into feast-cooking mode.
While we did buy the turkey a couple days before (enough time to thaw it out), we ended up buying everything else the day before Thanksgiving. I made the cranberry compote the day before. We got a bit of a late start on Thanksgiving day because we had to clear out the living room (the movers had just come on Monday). Our dining set wasn't assembled, either. Oh well...that's what dads are for.
The bulk of our recipes were from the Barefoot Contessa (Ina Garten). After botching thanksgiving 3 years ago, I was wary but everything came out wonderfully! We didn't even have to check on the turkey. We just stuffed it with an orange, an onion, a lemon, and thyme. You butter the outside. In the pan below the turkey, we choped up onions on the bottom that were tossed with oil (and later added carrots). The turkey drippings then mixed with that and the gravy was superb!
I decided to make stuffing from scratch. (Again, an Ina recipe.) I bought a loaf of white french bread and a loaf of wheat french bread instead of just the baguettes and I think it made it that much more appealing. I also used apples, celery, and herbs. deliciouso!
Amy made the mashed potatoes to perfection and she also cooked the butternut squash. The green bean casserole was simple. My parents brought wine and brown & serve rolls.
The meal was awesome but boy were we tired after that! The turkey was so low maintenance and (apparantly) nice and juicy - I'm going to have to keep that recipe around!!!
After that, amy and I totally crashed. Between thanksgiving and the football game, the weekend was a complete blur.....