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Monday, November 15, 2004

Thanksgiving First Timer

Well, I am doing it; hosting Thanksgiving for the very first time (including cooking a turkey for the first time). It's been starting to hit me, especially since my weekends have been busy and no cleaning to speak of has been happening. At least I have next week off.

I had the presence of mind to sign myself up for a class that Fine Cooking is putting on with Sur La Table, called "New Classic Thanksgiving".

I was exhausted at work (actually from my weekend, with the combination breast lump scare and confirmation) and almost blew it off; I was so glad I didn't. Not only did I get fed some incredibly delicious food (hot artichoke dip; leek-parsnip soup; turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, and sauteed green beans; and pumpkin pie), I got some important do-ahead tips (the mashed taters can hold for no more than 2 hours, freeing up burner space) and some CONFIDENCE.

I just hope my turkey fits in my smallish roasting pan. But I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.

In the meantime I have instituted a moratorium on buying food that is not for Thanksgiving, unless it's to help me finish what's in the fridge. Must. Clean. Fridge.

You will do great. And we're having fun working on support food over here at Casa Decrepit. Operation: Pie is about to begin. Begin stretching your stomach, because I'm out of control. --Ayse
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