The Food Hangover…The Next Day

by kitchenarian on November 26, 2010

I survived my first Thanksgiving dinner! As many of you know, I prepared and hosted Thanksgiving at my house yesterday. I guess it was time. Because I have spent the last 10 years working retail, I have previously been relieved of any hosting duties for this holiday. When you have to stay late at work the night before Thanksgiving and arrive at work in the wee hours of the morning the day after Thanksgiving to create the holiday magic that thousands of customers expect, you get cut a little slack at home.

Thanks to a little help from, Bobby Flay, Ina Garten, the Pioneer Woman, and huge amounts of help and moral support from my mom, the meal and the day was a great success. Here is a rundown of my Thanksgiving day:

Turkey – Exceptional if I do say so myself. After pouring through at least 15 recipes on roasting a turkey, I settled for Bobby Flay’s recipe with a fresh herb and butter rub followed by basting every 15 minutes with my mother’s homemade stock. Moist and delicious!! The gravy was made from the buttery, stock in the bottom of the pan. Double delicious!! Click here for Bobby’s recipe. (I made alterations to the gravy.) My sister and her husband brought smoked turkey breast and fried turkey – it was a turkey extravaganza!

Dressing – I relied on the Pioneer Woman for her dressing recipe which included cornbread, french bread, mushrooms, italian sausage and apples. An excellent choice. It was the runner-up for the day because my mother made her dressing that we all love and expect every year; can’t compete with tradition. From now on though, we will probably have to serve two different dressings. Click here for the recipe.

Mashed potatoes and rolls – Compliments of Mom.

Roasted butternut squash – I just love this recipe; thank you Ina Garten. Click here to see this recipe posted in an earlier Kitchenarian blog.

Sweet potato casserole – My niece requested it and I am soo glad she did, because my sister made it and it was divine. You know, it was the kind of sweet potato casserole that would fit in well with both the meal and the dessert. It had that yummy crunchy sweet topping, but I don’t remember any marshmallows. I am still thinking about it.

Broccoli casserole – I made this at the last minute thinking that I needed something else green for the day. I was so glad I did since Sous Chef said it was her favorite in the whole world.

Spiced Greens – My nephew made these. This was southern food at its best. We had never had greens with our Thanksgiving dinner before, but we all agreed that it should be a new tradition. Spicy with a bits of bacon and onion leaving a slight tangy aftertaste. I am convinced the Pilgrims ate greens for the first Thanksgiving – what have we been missing all these years?

Carrots – My sister used the family recipe – carrots topped with a horseradish sauce. Oh my, I could eat these every day.

Pecan pie – I have never had one particular recipe that I use for pecan pie until maybe now.  I used the Pioneer Woman’s recipe and I must say it was the best I have ever had. I was a little concerned because it took so long to cook and set properly, but it was worth every bit of angst I had over it. My sister said she could taste the butter – is there a higher compliment? My husband called me this morning while I was shopping to tell me that it was the best he ever had. I think that was his way of telling me he ate the last slice.  Click here for the recipe.

Bread pudding – My sister makes this every Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. She would probably like to make a different dessert, but she is not allowed. She knows that we would all revolt in some type of huge ugly family rebellion if she did not bring this dessert with her. Thanks Sister!

Pumpkin pie – My other sister (I have two sisters if you are wondering at this point in the story.) arrived with pumpkin pie that was as delicious as it was beautiful. You can’t have Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie.

Did I remember everything? Oh my goodness, no wonder I have a food hangover today. It was a great day with family. I hope you enjoyed your day as well.

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Kim-Liv Life November 28, 2010 at 1:00 am

Nicely done!! I understand the retail bit… I worked retail for about 8 years when I was in my teens and 20’s and it really ruined my holiday spirit for years.
Your meal looks absolutely divine!! You have outdone yourself. Looks like you will have to make it a tradition!


Boulder Locavore November 28, 2010 at 10:15 am

This all sounds delicious! Congratulations to you. This is a big milestone for all cooks!


Nikki November 28, 2010 at 11:22 am

Sounds like you did a great job! Congratulations!!!


Sarah November 28, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Fantastic! This is my first year out of retail for the last 12 years so I completely understand. Congratulations for breaking free from the dark side.


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