Tuesday, December 2, 2008

My High Holy Day

It's official. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. 

This year we had twenty people for dinner, including my stepdaughter who flies over a thousand miles to be here, my parents, my big brother, my mother-in-law and Granny-in-law. The other twelve people at our table(s) were friends who are quickly coming to think of Thanksgiving at our house as a tradition. Ranging in age from 26 to 80-something, it's a diverse, lovely crowd of terribly fun people.

Every year we host, I learn a few new things. Here are the things I learned as a result of Thanksgiving 2008:

• 15 pounds of potatoes is too much for twenty people. Even if you want leftovers.

• Brining a turkey is a lot of work, and I didn't notice a difference in juiciness. It did cook faster, which was nice.

• Putting a turkey in the oven upside down for the first 1 1/2 hours will make the breast tender and moist. (And if you play it off right, no one will know it was an accident.)

• I am never going to use my husband's good Wusthof knife again. I've now used it twice and cut myself both times. This time I managed to chop a carrot the size of a small log, wash the knife, and then cut myself drying it.

• Watching my parents play Rock Band with my stepdaughter was the funniest thing I've ever seen.

I'm already looking forward to next year.


Ro said...

Aww, it sounds like you had a great Thanksgiving! LOL @ your parents and stepdaughter playing Rock Band!

Shannon said...

Your Thanksgiving sounds great! So did you do the mac and cheese? I have missed you Flojat, lets catch up soon :)

Mary said...

Shannon took the words out of my mouth - did you make the mac and cheese??? I've been waiting in suspense!

flojat said...

I tried to do it, honestly I did. I had the pot filled with water to put on the stove, and realized it wouldn't fit with the skillet I was using to make dressing and the GIANT stock pot full of the aforementioned potatoes on another burner. It's definitely going on the menu next year...I just have to plan my stove space better!

Elisa said...

Sounds fabulous!! What an electic bunch of people...love it!

Melissa said...

I'd love to see your parents play Rock Star or whatever it's called!

Sarah said...

Sounds like a super fun thanksgiving to be invited to...hint hint. Sniff

Audrey said...

Sounds like a super fun day!

And I love the upside-down turkey! Who knows, you may have just stumbled upon a new cooking secret!