November Diary

Thanksgiving Day

What a beautiful day we had, I hope all of you had a wonderful day with your family.  It was great to talk to Don’s daughter, she lives in California, and we are so proud of her and her family.

The turkey turned out perfect, I tried something different, I cooked it tented for 2.5 hours at 350 degrees and then the remainder of the time without the tent.  The result was a beautiful golden and crispy skin, picture below.  The sage dressing was just like my momma made, it was like a blast from the past.  Don made the Spicy Cranberry Relish and it was amazing, again from my Mother’s recipe and it was a success; if you did not try it, I suggest you make it for Christmas or any special event.    The pie, well, the ginger and clove made it spicy like pies of yesteryears.  This year I did not use any spice blends from manufactures, I find them to be bland and not robust.   Where I could I used fresh spices and herbs, and where I could not I used natural dried spices and made my own blends.  What a difference it made.  The flavors were amazing.    I recommend we all do that in our cooking.    My cheesecake recipe will be posted soon, it is time consuming but well worth the effort.

I finally have my menu set and looking forward to a traditional Thanksgiving with Don and Bandit and to visit with our family. We give thanks for our family and the love we share. Happy Birthday to my Nephew Thomas, I hope he loves his gift. I know his dad will. 🙂

Roasted Brined Fresh Turkey – Brine Recipe Posted
Heirloom Sage Dressing – family recipe
Spicy Cranberry Ginger Relish – Recipe Posted
Mashed Potatoes
Green bean Almandine with Tangerine Sea Salt – Recipe Posted
Gingery Pumpkin Pie – Recipe Posted
Spicy Ginger Snaps – Recipe Posted

I will serve a White Wine from the French wine growing region of Entre-Deux-Mers region. It is the largest wine region in Bordeaux. The name of the region is derived, not from the French word “mer” (“sea”), but from “marée” (“tide”). Thus, it means “between two tides”, a reference to its location between two tidal rivers. It is situated between the rivers Garonne and Dordogne.

I chose this wine because of the flavor match with turkey, it has Apricot and ripe pear fruits with spice and mineral flavors, but most importantly it is a steal, this is an area not exploited by the wine industry so the prices are not inflated. It rivals wine from it’s neighbor, Graves, which is four or five times the price.

So have a great Thanksgiving, I will post my pictures and yours if you send them. Let’s celebrate together!

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