Nov. 24, 2013 10:09 am
Updated: Nov. 27, 2013 9:34 am
I am SOOOO excited about Thanksgiving this year because I have given myself a few challenges. I know that most people would say to me 'I don't think thanksgiving is the best day to try things for the first time' but I can't help it, my adrenaline is already
pumping and it's only Sunday!
Here is my list of challenges.
-11.5 lb roasted turkey (I have never done a turkey with no help and I will be brining mine the night before, also a first for me)
-Homemade gravy (my family always had it from a jar. And now that I think about it, I remember them throwing away most of the turkey drippings). :-(
-Roasted garlic mashed potatoes (Mine will be BLUE!)
-Green beans with slivered almonds and parmesan cheese (I'm still not sure if the parm will work but who cares, I'm trying it).
-Cranberry-orange sauce (I've NEVER had cranberry sauce before so I am looking forward to this!)
-"Grandma's cornbread dressing" - found this recipe on allrecipes.com and loved it last year. So I had to just add this to my Thanksgiving this year.
-Savory monkey bread! (Bread balls that have been dipped in parsley, dill, cheddar, almonds and paprika (Just the name was enough to convince me to put it on my table).
-Sweet Italian sausage & soppressata lasagna - (this was a last minute request from my boyfriends mom and I had to give in. She loves when I cook).
-Pumpkin-coconut pie (Found this recipe in my FN magazine and had to try it. I didn't even know pumpkin and coconut worked together).
So there they are. Every single challenge I have set for myself and I am confident that I will meet every single one of them. I've only got one guy rooting for me (my boyfriend who is extra excited about having so much food.) but that is all I need.
I will be cooking mostly everything two days in advance because I will be at work the day after Thanksgiving at 5AM so no time to stress over cooking that day. Only time to EAT, EAT, and EAT some more!
Wish me luck!
Enough Thanksgiving talk. I'm gonna go and watch me some football and have me some hot chocolate. Let's go RAVENS!!!