It seems that I may have slightly underestimated the ratio of time left before Thanksgiving to the number of tasks I must complete before my guests arrive. Whoops. I think I've been getting cocky, as I've hosted Thanksgiving five times now. But just because I know how to cook a turkey doesn't mean that the dog hair tumbleweeds are going to disappear all by themselves. Unfortunately.
My menu hasn't changed too much this year, and one of the things I am thankful for this year is that my family is more than willing to pitch in and bring over dishes. As much as the the control freak in me would like to do everything myself, the working mom/pregnant chick/frazzled girl is so happy to farm a few things out to others!
Here's the TCP Thanksgiving Menu 2008:
- Spiced Nuts
- Brie with Cranberries (TCP Mom's specialty)
- Roast Turkey (dry-brined this year, we'll see how that goes)
- Apple, Cranberry, and Sausage Dressing (I scrapped the usual Oyster & Chestnut version for this more toddler-friendly recipe. We haven't yet introduced nuts or shellfish into his diet, and I don't think Thanksgiving is a good day to give it a whirl for the first time. No ER visits this year, please.)
- Mashed Potatoes (TCP Mom is bringing them)
- Orange Cranberry Relish (ditto)
- Green Bean Casserole (my brother is bringing this one--the traditional Midwestern favorite, everything out of a can)
- Cheesy Corn Casserole
- Sweet Potatoes (MIL is in charge of this)
- Pies, Apple and Pumpkin (TCP Gram is the Pie Lady)
- Birthday Cake (for TCP Mom, also provided by my grandmother)
And I think that's it! I hope so anyway, because anything else has been forgotten.
So I'm signing off until after the big feast, but I will leave you with this helpful guide to settling--or starting--holiday political spats. I may print this one out, as the TCP family is rather politically divided!
I hope you and yours have the happiest of Thanksgiving Days!