Another year, another turkey day!! This year, we had a mix of old friends and family out in Davis for a super cozy holiday. We had nine people sleeping in our tiny house, including my in-laws, who along with Adam, provided us with lots of wine, and Little Miss’s baby brother, who is far from a baby. Yuan was relegated to the unfinished basement. Well, he volunteered I suspect because he was afraid that I would draw on him while he was asleep. Thanksgiving is a well-oiled machine of sorts, as long as we don’t get distracted or have too much wine early in the day. Little Miss declared that we did not need to menu plan and after some coordination on the shopping list and turkey transport, Yuan, Little Miss and I threw together a holiday feast. We have become somewhat set in our ways as our must-haves (mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, brussel sprouts with bacon, sausage stuffing, and turkey) have taken over the menu, making it hard for us to add new items.
Little Miss came out on Tuesday and we spent a day making desserts. This year, we revisited the pumpkin cheesecake, tried the Normandy apple tart recipe from Dorie Greenspan’s Baking book, and made a pecan pie. We had never tried the pecan pie, and the results were semi successful – how does one not burn the crust?!? Tasted yummy though.
This year, my cousin Nozomi, who goes to college on the east coast, came out for Thanksgiving. Having grown up in Japan, she was deprived of Thanksgiving for the first fifteen years of her life and ever since first experiencing this wonderous food holiday seven years ago, it is her favorite! Which is not surprising since we are related and she too loves food – she can eat an entire fish down to the bone, eyeballs and all. This was also her first trip to California and she kept asking me if we could go see the “Full House bridge!” Nozo inexplicably loves tiny marshmallows, and as soon as she arrived she demanded we make that “orange marshmellow thing,” so we did.
We had two turkeys this year for variety and it turned out great! Everything cooked faster and we got to experiment. Ms. Turkey was smoked by Yuan on the grill all afternoon and Mr. Turkey was roasted in the oven after spending the night in the fridge covered in a tangerine salt rub then rubbed with a herb tangerine peel butter. Mr. Turkey is on the left and Ms. Turkey (smoked) is on the right. The turkey couple here in somewhat compromising positions…
They later worked it out and looked and tasted amazing on the table.
Yuan made a sauteed mushroom medley that Adam couldn’t keep his grubby fingers out of.
Nozo’s Thanksgiving dinner plate. And yes, she ate ALL of it.
And while I never got a chance to sharpee Yuan, I did manage to give him a gorgeous sparkly hot pink pedicure while he was in a wine stupor on the floor. Sooo pretty!
And Nozo got to visit her “Full House” bridge.