Making an entire Thanksgiving dinner all by yourself is a lot like giving birth: You forget how bad it’s going to be until you’re in the middle of it. And after 15 or more years of cooking dinner mostly by myself–not counting “help” from the kids–I’ve pretty much tried every method imaginable from all-natural to completely medicated.
Let’s see, there was the cooking bag phase of a few years ago that boasted easy cleanup but left the turkey unevenly browned and vulnerable looking. Then we got cable TV and I went through my Food Network phase, where brining was all the rage. That year, the poor turkey spent the night before Thanksgiving shivering in a bucket of a salt water on my back porch. But all we got for our effort was–what do you know–a salty bird. So salty it was nearly inedible. (Does Food Network give refunds? Because I’ve had a lot of flops from their recipes.)
This year much to my family’s trepidation we’re having a good old-fashioned Food Blog Thanksgiving. I used the No-Roll Pie Crust recipe from joythebaker.com to make pies tonight–two pumpkin and a banana cream. Do you know Joy the Baker? She’s my go-to woman for baked goods–especially pancakes. The crust is delicious and easy. You don’t get the lovely fluted edges, but I can never get those to look right anyway.
I’m also making Pioneer Woman’s No-Knead Rolls. From year to year I can never remember which roll recipe I like, and I usually end up trying a new one each year. The jury is still out on these.
MarthaStewart.com is supplying the turkey recipe, and I’m using a dressing recipe from Eatingwell.com.
So we’ll see how successful Food Blog Thanksgiving 2010 is. By Friday I’m sure I will have a full-blown case of kitchen fatigue. Let’s just hope I don’t lose my Internet connection before then.