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Thanksgiving Rundown

November 26, 2010

As it turns out, cooking a Thanksgiving dinner for 2 is not much easier than cooking it for 10. Even though I cut back on my usual variety of dishes, we still ended up with quite a few.

Thank goodness for aluminum foil! I know it’s not the most eco-friendly thing in the world, but given my reduced kitchen outfit this year, foil and foil pans were indispensable. Also, I’ve said this before, but my oven is teeny-tiny. I’m not sure how it compares to the average British oven, but this may be the reason Marks and Spencer expects so many to order-in their Christmas dinner.

Anyway, here’s what we ate (And are still eating.)

The Duck! (Stuffed with onions, oranges and thyme.) If you love dark meat, duck is your bird. I followed the instructions from Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, which included flipping over the hot, greasy bird not once but twice during the cooking process. This is a great confidence booster!

Stuffing. I forgot to take a picture before we ate, so this is the leftovers-edition. It’s a pretty standard bread-stuffing, so I didn’t really follow a recipe. The main flavors are apples and Cumberland, a peppery pork sausage, along with plenty of sage and thyme.

Cranberry Chutney, the family favorite.

Plain-ole biscuits, mainly a vehicle for chutney and duck-juices in this case. (This recipe without the cheese and peppers.)

Green bean casserole from scratch. Adapted from a recipe by Nick at Macheesmo. (Love that blog.) However, I couldn’t go without the more traditional topping, so I made my own onion rings. If you want to feel ridiculous, make onion rings right in the middle of all of your other Thanksgiving prep. Totally worth it, though. And I could drink the mushroom gravy with a straw.

Whipped Sweet Potatoes and Banana, recipe from Tyler Florence in the SF Chronicle. I had high hopes of making a whole post about this, but I was kind of disappointed by it. It pretty much just tasted like regular sweet potatoes. I want to mess with it a bit more, maybe add more banana and some other flavors.

Pumpkin Pie. This was my first time roasting my own pumpkin, so I was a bit apprehensive, but this turned out great over all. A bit subtler than Libby’s pumpkin flavor, but quite tasty. This was actually the hardest thing to cut back on. Between both sides of my family, I’m used to at least 3 kinds of pie at Thanksgiving. The good news, however,  is that you can eat pie any day!

That’s about it. I hope your thanksgiving was as delicious as mine!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Julia Greenwald permalink
    December 26, 2010 5:45 am

    Dear Hanah,

    I was reading along, enjoying your recipes and commentaries when I saw the tablecloth!

    I am so delighted that a piece of the Greenwalds is there with you on this adventure.

    Sending good wishes for health, happiness, and good eats in 2011.

    Julia (and fam)

  2. December 28, 2010 5:49 pm

    Hi Julia,

    I’m so glad you’re enjoying it! And we’re really happy to have the tablecloth: not only is it pretty, it’s a lovely reminder of the folks back home.

    See you around the internet,


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