Saturday, November 27, 2010

All about a beautiful bird...

Personally, I had no idea what giblets were the first time I cooked a turkey, nor I was I even remotely aware they were housed in a bag and jammed into the cavity of the bird. I cluelessly stuffed around them. Just imagine that carving experience for a moment. I served that half baked affair with a side of, yep...you guessed it, green bean casserole. In hindsight, I totally knew I could have killed us all that day, but every last one of my guests was perfectly polite and more than generous with their compliments. My Thanksgiving menus and techniques have improved ten fold since then, but this year, we headed to Wisconsin to celebrate our dear friend, Ed's, very first turn as Thanksgiving host! We knew we were in potentially precarious territory; after all, what cook hasn't experienced some kind of culinary catastrophe on Thanksgiving?
Well, this cook hasn't... I knew Ed had things well in hand from the moment he showed me his pre-trimmed green beans, homemade cranberry sauce and thoughtfully printed recipes! The kids settled in with their usual ease and we helped Ed make stuffing and set the table. He was so organized we even had time to drink some wine, eat a little pizza, and bake bread from scratch!

Ed was clearly in control of his fig glazed turkey from the start on the big day. Before we knew it that bird was in the oven and a genuine cozy holiday feeling overtook his house.


Basting and dancing...

chatting and mashing...

posing and garnishing...

...all resulted in one perfect turkey and a deliciously memorable meal!




After everything was said and done I ferreted out the wish bone from the leftover turkey and put it up to dry for Ed and Miles. I am pretty sure they'll use it to make a nice wish, but there is no need for Ed to wish for a more successful Thanksgiving meal in the future. Holidays don't get much better than the one he hosted this year!
Congratulations Eddie!
We were thrilled to be a part of your big memory making day!

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