Thanksgiving, 2020

Thanksgiving turned out to be very nice all things considered. Grace and Sophia flew in at 6:00AM Thanksgiving morning taking the red eye from Las Vegas after Sophia spent a week and a half with Grace. Claire and Corey came over for drinks around 5:00 and we converted our recently re-done garage into a a nice open air lounge. Claire and Corey stayed for socially distanced drinks and apps and then we loaded them up with food and they ate at home.

our Thanksgiving garage lounge
It was actually very nice
Thanksgiving Dinner for four – just as much work as dinner for 20 by the way!

Thanksgiving 2020 menu

  • Turkey on the grill. Used this brine recipe with about two cups of apple cider and the rest water. Brined the turkey starting Wednesday evening. Turkey was PERFECT. Grilled on M-O-M to L-O-L for about 3 1/2 hours for the 13 1/2 lb turkey. We got the turkey from Fresh Fork CSA along with their Thanksgiving bag full of good vegetables and other good stuff.
  • Gravy. Used this recipe and this one to make it ahead of time and it turned out great. Beautiful dark brown color with nice flavor. I started it on WED and finished it THU morning. I used extra turkey wings and backs as well as the neck and heart from our turkey.
  • Cranberry sauce. Perfect recipe from Bon Appetit that we have used for years.
  • Regular sausage stuffing. Not as good as my Mom’s… but I keep trying.
  • Claire made corn bread GF stuffing
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Roasted Root Vegetables – butternut squash, carrots, onions, sweet potatoes
  • Brussels sprouts with pomegranate seeds and walnuts – inspired by NYT recipe this year – although I just realized I forgot to add the walnuts.
  • Creme brûlée. I made these sugar coated cranberries for garnish that were super cool and tasty too. We didn’t make pumpkin pie and the world did not end 🙂