Upon the suggestion from a couple of you (which I thought was GREAT), we looked into volunteering somewhere on Thanksgiving day, but it appears, unless I just suck at my research, that volunteering on Thanksgiving is actually a rather popular thing to do? The Denver Rescue Mission had a thing saying exactly what date and time they would start accepting volunteers, and then very shortly after that they said they were full, and everywhere else seems to be in a similar situation. Which is fine... I thought it was a good idea, but it also sounds nice to just have a peaceful, relaxing day at home, too.
So that leaves only, you know, the meal itself. We purchased a turkey at Costco, a reasonably sized one that will allow us to stuff it and cook it and eat leftovers, but not so much that we won't be able to fit the entire thing into our freezer, you know? I like the advice from many of you about cooking it upside down to preserve moistness, and my dad offered lots of great tips, so that was very helpful. And I think it's starting to come together in my head a little bit.
Here's what's on the menu (and by "menu" I mean "list that is currently only in my head and that I haven't yet discussed with Torsten"):
- Mashed potatoes
- Yorkshire pudding
Also, the turkey is pretty straightforward, and it sounds like stuffing can be done without a recipe, and the same with gravy and mashed potatoes, and my dad is sending me his Yorkshire pudding recipe. But... are there recipes you like for any of those things? Anything that's worth trying and sticking to rather than just winging it?
And dessert, oh god. I don't tend to like autumnal desserts much. I think that's the issue. I don't like pumpkin, I don't like cinnamon, I am not a huge fan of pie in general. I like cakes and cookies and brownies and ice cream. My taste is not refined, apparently. But given that, what would be a good Thanksgiving dessert? Maybe we should have two--one Thanksgiving-y and one less traditional? What dessert do you like to have on Thanksgiving? What will you be making this year (if anything)?
Seriously, basically I want to hear all about your Thanksgiving plans, where you're going, who you're celebrating with, what you plan to eat, what recipes you like, what has been a failure in the past. And no real worries about making too much food for two people--this is also our planned starting point for freezing food to eat once Piglet is here. So really, the more, the better!