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Talking turkey!

Posted Nov 16 2010 12:00am
Let's talk turkey.

Turkey day, that is.  First - can you believe it's mid-November and that Thanksgiving is NEXT WEEK?  So.  Let's discuss.  Who is hosting, who's traveling and who is cooking?  Moreover, what are you cooking?  In years past, I have hosted, but this year I'm not - we're going to my parents' house to celebrate the holiday.  Which is nice and all, but honestly I love hosting.  I love deciding where to buy the turkey, deciding how to brine it, season it, prepare it - preparing the menu, choosing the sides and of course making some yummy desserts.

This year, my mom is taking care of the turkey and doing almost ALL of the sides.  I'll probably make mashed "potatoes" aka cauliflower and I will also make an apple pie and a pumpkin-caramel bread pudding.  Over the weekend following Thanksgiving, it's my turn to host.  My family & hopefully a few friends will come over on Saturday and I am still on the fence about whether to do classic "Thanksgiving" sandwiches - turkey, stuffing & cranberry jelly - OR, Mr. P floated the idea of ordering a Thanksgiving BBQ dinner from his favorite BBQ joint around here.  It's tempting.

I am really, really glad we're not traveling any great distance this year.  Last year, we celebrated at the Cape with both sides of our family which was totally fun, but Mr. P's side of the family decided to stay West coast.  So there's really no reason for us to head to the Cape, but I'm sure we'll venture down there at some point.  The only downside of the Cape right now is that not all of the bedrooms circulate heat all that great.  So it's chilly.  But I digress.

I'd love to hear what you're cooking - I love new recipes, especially for sides.  That's where I fall down, big time, even in every-day dinner prep life.  So much so that just today, I brought a stack of Eating Well magazines with me to read while the girls were at tap class so I could get some new dinner ideas, especially side dishes.  Menu planning at its best! 

So, let's hear it - share!
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