Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving for Two

For the very first time ever I'm doing my own Thanksgiving at home! But I'm not inviting family to witness the train wreck that is inevitably going to happen. It's going to be just Adam and I, finally taking a moment to relax after a hectic 2 months of traveling and working. Well relax, if your definition of relaxing is trying to tackle waaaayy too many things in a too small kitchen with an oven only capable of cooking one thing at a time since it only has one rack in it. 'Cause apparently that's my definition since that's what I'm attempting to do. Adam will most likely be on the couch the whole time claiming he's staying very productive by "watching the dog".

{photo from HWTM blog}

Here is what I have come up with for our two person Thanksgiving dinner.

Roast Chicken - I'm not even going to attempt a turkey. I was gonna do turkey breast, but I'm worried it will turn out dry. So I'm going to go with good ol' herb roasted chicken.

Pan Drippings Gravy - I put a bunch of sliced onions in the bottom of the pan and turn the drippings into a gravy with onions. Delicious.

Roasted Garlic Mash Potatoes - with plenty of butter and my secret ingredient (not so secret any more!)  - greek yogurt. I might also throw in some fresh spinach to make Roasted Garlic and Spinach Mash Potatoes (better than you think!) just so I get something green in Adam.

Mom's Stuffing, possibly with a few variations - My mom makes delicious stuffing. She made me a stuffing believer. I think I used to not like the stuff (har-de-har, I made a pun) but I can hardly remember since now I consume it feverishly every Thanksgiving. 

Candied Roasted Sweet Potato Casserole - This is my own little experiment and I'm hoping to make it tonight or tomorrow night.

I'm undecided if I'm going to do a vegetable. It would only be for my benefit. Adam will shun it in favor of everything else, which is why I'm going to put spinach in the mash potatoes. If I do decide to do a vegetable it will probably be brussels sprouts in either salad form or pan roasted.

AND of course... Pumpkin pie. I make it from the recipe off the can of Libby's pumpkin and I wouldn't have it any other way. But I would like to try my own crust. Here I go again, coming up with more ways to relax on Thanksgiving!

I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving! Wish me luck!

Peace, love, give thanks, and happiness!

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