Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Hello everyone,

Sorry I've been a blogging bum. It's time to talk about my annual Thanksgiving menu!

I pretty much do the same things every year. I say "I" instead of "we" because I tend to be a bit of a control freak about Thanksgiving and insist on doing the majority of things by myself. Don't come near my kitchen!!

However, this year we're going to ditch some of the "Americana casseroles" and kick things up a notch :) We are having 16 people over and I hope they enjoy it!

The "if it's not broken, don't fix it"/ same every year items:
25 pound butterball turkey, brined overnight ala Alton Brown and made on the grill by Dad
bread stuffing with everything delicious (no raisins... ugh)
turkey gravy
corn pudding
homemade cranberry sauce
homemade applesauce

The updated recipes new to this year:
Broccoli gruyere gratin (instead of broccoli ritz cracker/velveeta casserole)
Paula Deen's sweet potato casserole (just a bit naughtier than my regular casserole) - with marshmallows, of course
Roasted Brussel sprouts with bacon and bread crumbs (instead of green bean casserole) - made by Granny
A variety of homemade rolls (instead of sister Shubert's) - made by Debbie

And for dessert:
Paula Deen's pumpkin cheesecake (instead of the Libby's pumpkin pie recipe)
Chocolate pecan tart (instead of our pecan pie and chocolate pudding pie)
Pear pie with sharp white cheddar crust (well we had to have a third pie) - made by Mom

This year we also decided to ditch the garlic mashed potatoes. They are pretty time instensive towards the end of the meal prep and I dont' think we're lacking for carbohydrates, do you?? To satisfy the hubby's garlic obsession, we will definitely be having garlic rolls.

Happy Thanksgiving!!


  1. Which Alton Brown brine did you use? I think we did different ones. Mine was 1 lb salt, 1 lb brown sugar, 1.5 gallons hot water to dissolve, and ice filled to top of container.