Yes, as some friends have pointed out, I’ve been a bad blogger of late. It’s not that I’ve been any busier than any of you, it’s just that I don’t have anything exceptional to write about. So…You want mundane? We can do mundane. Mundane is waaay better than disastrous. As soon as I got back from my writer’s retreat in Weymouth I plunged into Thanksgiving plans. This year we had dinner at my sister-in-law Jeanne’s house. After catching Martha Stewart demonstrating her method on the Today show, my husband decided to do a Martha turkey. We brined the bird for 24 hours in a soak of water, kosher salt, white wine and herbs, then on Thanksgiving morning, he draped the turkey with cheesecloth soaked in melted butter and more white wine. I made a stuffing of cubed French bread, onions, celery, diced Granny Smith apples, dried cherries and pecans. The turkey was a vision to behold, and once the pan was clear of said bird, I made the gravy. Only trouble was the briny pan drippings were horribly salty. After a moment of panic, I looked up the solution on the internet–drop a whole peeled raw potato in the gravy. It totally worked! In addition, I made pecan and pumpkin pies and sweet potato casserole with crunchy pecan brown sugar topping. This recipe was my late father’s favorite. Dinner at Jeanne’s was a festive occasion, and Tom and his brother Bob, who is also a fantastic cook, had duelling turkeys.
After dinner, Katie and I actually ventured out for a little shopping. Finally, after we all pulled ourselves out of our turkey comas, we made our way home with our leftovers.