home for the holidays

In ALL, FOOD LOVE, HOLIDAYS by Stephanie Klein1 Comment

Thanksgiving 2015


This year, I wasn’t the host. Had I been, this blog would’ve been jammed with stress and planning for at least a month. We spent this year’s Thanksgiving with my mom. Party of 20. All family.

Roast Turkey


Brined at home. Cooked on a V-rack, butter beneath the skin, covered in cheese cloth that’s been drenched in melted butter


Apple Sausage Stuffing


Granny smith apples, celery, white onion, sourdough bread, golden raisins, breakfast sausage from butcher. Mom forgot to add the nuts!


Brussels Sprouts


Sliced in half, tossed with olive oil, added to a sheet pan with chopped onion and raw sliced bacon (cut with scissors), season and roast in the oven until bacon is crispy.


Cranberry Sauce



Mom didn’t make my slutty strawberry cran-pinapple, shaved apple sauce (I missed it). She made one with Amaretto. It was different but very good, mostly because my mommy made it.

Sweet Potatoes


The best thing on my plate (tie with the corn pudding). My mom does it best, she really does. Of course, she has no recipe, but she’s promised to walk me through exactly what she did while I was off swimming!


Green Beans


Sauteed green beans were served alongside the more traditional green bean casserole.


Giblet Gravy


Man, was this good. I used a cup of the fat from the turkey pan drippings, heated it up and added flour, cooking until brown, then added a cup of the pan drippings without the fat (the juice), whisking constantly. Added neck and finely chopped giblets that had been cooked in chicken stock.


Mashed Potatoes


My aunt made mashed potatoes, but I didn’t try them with all the other carbs on my plate. I never need mashed potatoes AND stuffing AND sweet potatoes AND corn pudding. It’s too much. So, I skipped these.

Featured Dish


The Dump & Run Corn Pudding

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Pumpkin Pie


There was no pumpkin pie on the menu, just my mom’s homemade pumpkin cheesecake. Her husband said it’s not Thanksgiving without Pumpkin Pie. I happen to agree. She complied and bought one. Win, win.


Pecan Pie


Abigail tasted this for the first time in her life, and said, “This wins.” Then later, “Mama, how good is that goo?”


Fresh Whipped Cream


Not overly sweet! That’s the key to a good whipped cream.


Pumpkin Cheesecake


Mom’s homemade pumpkin cheesecake with walnut crust


Apple Pie


Homemade by my cousin Vanessa. Ice cream a la mode.


Lemon Squares


Using the floral Meyer Lemons from my aunt’s backyard, Lemon Squares were the first to go. Easy access while everyone else mucks about with serving knives.

Comments

  1. It’s so nice to see you relax over this holiday. Also, I think it’s hilarious to see Phil sitting at the kid’s table!

    BTW, I DID make your slutty strawberrypineappleshavedapple sauce and it has been a hit and favorite since you first mentioned it. LOVE IT!

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