Sunday, November 18, 2007

The Thanksgiving Menu

Whew.  The groceries have all been bought, and soon it shall be time to transform them into an amazing feast.  Here's what's on the table this year:

Crudités with Caesar dip

Morton Thompson's Turkey Stuffing
Creamy Mashed Potatoes with Turkey Gravy
Cranberry Sauce
Cream Biscuits
Dinner Rolls
Creamed Spinach
Green Beans with Toasted Hazelnuts and Brown Butter
Bellana's Loaded Mashed Potatoes
Maple-Bacon Glazed Carrots
African Spiced Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Frisée Salad with Cranberry-Bacon Vinaigrette and Blue Cheese Pastries

and then for dessert in case my guests haven't popped yet...
Classic Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin-Whisky Cheesecake with Brown Sugar-Whisky Cream
Classic Pecan Pie

It should be a fun few days of cooking.  Everything is from scratch; I wouldn't have things any other way.

Friday, November 02, 2007


There are better times to find out that one's oven sits off-kilter than after baking the first half of a wedding cake.

Incidentally, the cake itself is red velvet, with (what else?) cream cheese frosting.  It will be decorated with blue and silver ribbon, and dotted with silver dragees.  I'm sure that sticking the eighty kabillion dragees on the cake will drive me to utter madness.  But then, it's hard to be driven somewhere when you're already there, isn't it?