…at least it does for me. There were no hangdog looks from me when my kids announced they were having Thanksgiving at their partner’s parent’s home; I’ve reinvented my Thanksgiving tradition to fall the Sunday prior to Thanksgiving. With grown kids in relationships (which mean new families with their own holiday traditions), celebrating the Sunday prior to Thanksgiving is the only way we can get everyone under one roof.
I make my own stock with turkey wings, necks and legs available at many groceries a few weeks prior to Thanksgiving. To save time, your gravy will be fine using pre-made turkey or chicken stock.
So I’ve made my plan of attack, and it begins with gravy – the importance of which can never be underestimated. It lends moisture and flavor to turkey (which, if mishandled, can be bland and dry) and imagine a bowl of fluffy white mashed potatoes without a gravy boat by their side. I tell you what they’d be: shamefully naked – disgraced.
I always make my gravy several days in advance; there’s entirely too much action involved getting the food on the table to make a last minute gravy. So I make this base several days in advance, then stir in turkey drippings at the last minute. Sautéed mushrooms and/or giblets are another tasty niblets you may add.
Roast Turkey with Lemons and Sage Butter
Here are the other recipes I’ve inserted into my Turkey-Day Count-Down spreadsheet; click the gold Holiday Cookbook ball icon (on your right and up) for a plethora of well-tested recipes, I’ve made through the years, some which can be made in minutes.
My kids gave me an Instant Pot for Mother’s Day. Both passionate cooks, they told me they couldn’t imagine life without the contraption. But, to be honest, I rolled my eyes when opening the box—the last thing I need is another kitchen gadget cluttering my counters. That’s until I spied a yogurt button on the panel. I can make … Full recipe post »
I believe in choice, my choice of potato salad being no exception. This choice is gut-driven and deeply personal. My grandmother made a simple potato salad that accompanied her fried chicken and hickory nut cake to our family reunions in Selma. She made that same salad when a tragedy befell a friend, the bowl of love left quietly on their porch. My mother made the same salad that … Full recipe post »
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