Have you all recovered from the Thanksgiving debaucheries? We are currently couch – bound, still trying to recover from the delectable over – stuffing we did yesterday.
Thanksgiving has to be my favorite holiday, and that is really saying something. I am sure my dad can’t quite agree with all of my reasoning (as he had to be in the kitchen all day!) but seriously. We don’t have to buy anyone any gifts on Turkey Day. There’s not a ton of decorating to be done (and then to take down afterwards). We can wake up late and sit in front of our tv watching the parade all morning from the comfort of the couch. And best of all (sorry Dad): I can sit on my butt and drink and knit all day. Then, sometime in the mid afternoon, a marvelous feast of my favorite foods magically appears on the dinner table. (Also I do get to sample all day long because he knows just how much I appreciate his cooking).
Every year we enjoy two turkeys: a roast turkey and a fried turkey. I ate way more than my share of fried turkey skin, I can assure you.
Uncle Daddy playing Vanna. What, you don’t have any relatives with weird nicknames?
We spend a lot of time in the driveway waiting for the deep fried turkey to be done. Thankfully it’s almost always nice out.
This is perhaps the most important moment of the day: scraping the roasting pan out so he can make the gravy. I feel sorry for all of you who have never had my dad’s gravy.
Fried. Turkey. Skin.
Then there’s the uber – juicy roast turkey.
This little stinker took up a spot in front of the fridge where all the drinks were kept. Whenever someone wanted one, she CHARGED them for it. A buck a drink. Not only that, but my family are such suckers, they actually PAID her. She and Oona made like $16 between them.
Then the magic happens. Creamed pearl onions with peas, roasted brussels sprouts. Roasted and fried turkey. Mashed butternut squash with cranberries. Cranberry chutney. Dad’s incredibly amazing stuffing. Mashed potatoes.
Oona “liked the Coca Cola best!”
This is the stuff of dreams. I could eat this every day my whole life. I’d be big as a house, but still.
Thanks to my still – temporary tooth, I was eating still after everyone else had moved on to unbuttoning their pants and snuggling the cuter participants.
And before I could even take a breath, Uncle Eric pulled out the Pumpkin Creme Brulee. Let me say that again. PUMPKIN CREME BRULEE. Oh yeah. This family knows how to do dessert right.
Of course, don’t for a moment think we had to forgo pie. Perish the thought.
This is why we are still spread out on the couch the morning after. We were all so stuffed we felt like we may never eat again and we are still waiting to get over that lovely feeling.
Now excuse me while I go break into the leftovers.