Thanksgiving. What a beautiful holiday. Based on a simple concept of saying “Thanks”.
One of the magic words we are teaching our son 🙂 Such a simple word which conveys such a big gesture.
I love it. So, over the years, my husband I have been fortunate enough to host Thanksgiving for our family and friends with no family around. We invite our neighbors and colleagues to partake in food and the festivities around the holiday.
We have a big ole’ Turkey and all the traditional fixins’ along with some of my own creations. This Thanksgiving is going to be a little more special as my brother is coming from college for the holiday. We will have a full house. My sis will be in town too.
So each one of us in the family have our own signature dishes we make. My sis makes a FABULOUS Risotto. I actually learned to make my risotto from her. You should check out my variation of a holiday style risotto here. I am really hoping she will make hers again this year.
My brother bakes a mean apple pie. Check the pics out from last year.. yummmm…
and of course my mom !! Well, she makes everything and all of you know I learned how to cook from her. but she makes this amazing Irish soda bread especially during the holidays which is absolutely DIVINE !! Check the pics here from last year.
Talking about all this is making me hungry.. 🙂
Before we all go cooking, here are a few random tips I have learned/read/liked over the years for this special day and I want to share them with you all.
1. Leave time to thaw a frozen turkey: 24 hours per 5 pounds in the refrigerator (3 days for a 15-pound turkey), or 1 hour per pound in cold water. Don’t refrigerate a fresh, raw turkey in the refrigerator longer than 3 days before cooking
Read more: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/11/15/2778332/a-faster-feast.html#ixzz1dyf41M5Y
3. Pop-up indicators are rarely accurate. Skip it and use an instant-read thermometer or meat thermometer. With the body cavity facing toward you, slide it into the thickest part at the bottom of the thigh, below and to the inside of the leg. Wiggle the tip to make sure it doesn’t hit bone.
I will be posting some recipes here in a couple of days which you all can use to make your Turkey day a little special. As usual, “like” us on Facebook and ask questions if need be.
Hope you all have a safe and a wonderful Holiday.
Always remember; Food is a great leveler. Respect it, Cherish it, Share it.
What do you all have planned for Thanksgiving this year ?