The famous hen of the woods mushrooms. Don't worry. I didn't steal them. My brother freely gave them to me.
If there is any time when you can act like Rachael Ray and say, "I'll take all the help from the store I can get," Thanksgiving is it. I was very grateful when I saw these and realized I didn't have to trim up a pound of green beans.
Do you think I have enough bread for my stuffing? I made way more than I really needed. I ended up with two pans of the stuff. The next time I am using a smaller loaf of Italian bread with the cornbread.
My obsession with staying organized extended beyond the book. I posted up lists of pots, pans, and serving dishes I would need.
The beverage table. I spent a lot of time here. One nice thing about making dinner is that you don't have to drive anywhere. Drinky drinky drinky.
The pre-dinner snacks. We had Terra Chips, marcona almonds, and cheeses from Cato Corner Farm, courtesy of my uncle.
I had to take some cooking breaks between drinks.
You can get anything you want at Alice's Restaurant. You can get anything you want at Alice's Restaurant. Walk right in it's around the back, just a half a mile from the railroad track. You can get anything you want at Alice's restaurant.
Oops. I'm sorry. Where was I? I was very lost in song while cooking up the stuffing. Thank goodness there are still some radio stations that play Alice's Restaurant on Thanksgiving. Noontime was my Alice's Restaurant time, no exceptions. This stuffing will always be tied in my mind to that song now.
Guests begin arriving. I was pleased this year that my nephew decided to eat the chips instead of carpet the floor with them.
My mother and her boyfriend and my mother-in-law are the first to sample the wine selection.
My niece Penelope, being cute.My uncle's wife and my cousin Casey. He seems a bit overwhelmed by all of these people and food. At least he's not as picky an eater as his cousins.
Kevin surveys his domain. Although not one for cooking, I could not have accomplished the day without him. He was my chief bottle washer for the day. *mwah!*
Time to get dinner started. We began with my brother's hen of the woods mushroom bisque. I was a little irked that my helpers handing it out started mixing the table settings. This bowl should not have been on top of this plate!
My turkey, out of the oven and flipped upside-down as per Sue's instructions. This turkey was so big (just under 19 pounds) that I had to take a rack out of my oven to make it fit. It was so heavy you can see the indentations the roasting rack made in it.
Time for Bro to start carving.
Ah Erik, you should have been a surgeon!
Turkey is all carved up. The buffet begins.
Clockwise in the second photo: Turkey, Pecan Sweet Potatoes, Rosemary Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Corn Pudding, Port-Ginger Cranberry Sauce, Green Bean Casserole, and Apple-Cornbread-Sausage Stuffing.
Everyone gets down to the business of eating!
I am Henry The VIII. Henry The VIII I am!
Some shots of the dessert buffet. We had chocolate mousse, chocolate pie, pumpkin pie, pine nut and honey tart, upside down apple cake, apple pie and melatway cookies (this list is in no particular order).Everyone leaves and the fun begins. Now it's time to clean up this mess!
You can find additional photos that Kevin took on my website. These are more people-oriented.It always feels really good to throw this out. Need I say I threw it out long before dinner was on the table? I can only stick to a rigid plan for so long. ;-)