Today's the day we usually celebrate Thanksgiving at our house. This year I felt somewhat glum on Thursday -- perhaps because of all the recent family get-togethers and also remembering that last year The Man and I were in Connecticut with my mother and sister and her family. It's easy to get spoiled! So on Thursday, in order to feel somewhat part of things, I began preparations for today's dinner -- and for only 3 of us, too!
This year I've opted for a few changes in the normal menu! I found a recipe for cranberry sausage stuffing that I simply could not resist. It has a combination of bread crumbs, sausage, dried sweetened cranberries, apple and spices that gave an aroma that now fills the kitchen. Of course the recipe made a huge amount -- far more than I needed to fill the huge chicken I'm roasting insted of turkey. So I've divided what was surplus into two freezer bags and next time I roast a bird -- or maybe even pork -- I'll be set. The menu also includes honeyed sweet potatoes and parsnips, mashed potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower cheese and cranberry sauce -- which will all be finished off in about 30 minutes.
The other deviation from the normal menu is the dessert. I found a blog with a recipe for apple and pear pie which sounded so yummy that I had to try it. That's what I did instead of feeling sorry for myself on Thursday! What was unusual for me was that this recipe called for you to cook the apples and pears together with the sugar and spices before adding it to the pastry. The liquid that this produced was so divine tasting that the temptation to lick the pan clean was hard to resist (but I did...).
Tomorrow is Advent Sunday. In our church every year there is an Advent carol service and it is a very beautiful way to begin with carols written specifically for this time in the church year. For me this special service marks the beginning of the Christmas season.
In the meantime, Happy Thanksgiving to all. The finishing touches to the cooking are calling me to the kitchen ... Champagne, anyone?