Friday, November 21, 2008

Thanksgiving Prep/My Onblog List

Progress photos as the day continues!

My progress photos (well besides the first two) were shot down by me because I got distracted. Seitan Said Dance was live streaming from her kitchen! I was having so much fun watching her slave in the kitchen, I just gave up my photographing and enjoyed her. Hope you all had a great day!

    "Chief Get Shit Done" To Do List

  • Assembling recipes complete: 11/22
  1. Cheddar/Cayenne Coins To Go with the Bloody Mary's =D
  2. Herb Roast Turkey
  3. Honey Baked Ham picked up
  4. Artisan Bread Stuffing with Herbs/Apples & Pecans
  5. Oyster Casserole
  6. Roast Garlic Potatoes & Gravy
  7. Sherried Peas With Mushrooms
  8. Roquefort/Walnut Green Beans
  9. Tomato Aspic
  10. Broccoli/Cauliflower Salad
  11. Fresh Cranberry Relish
  12. Parker House rolls/Potato Dough
  13. Award Winning Spice Cake/Caramel Icing
  14. Buttermilk Pie
  • Make grocery list
  • Order Bread for stuffing. (Potato/Rosemary and French Wood fired oven baked. Nom.)
  • Order Honey Baked Ham. (A southern must have)
  • Plan table setting (Trying to decide between my French hand painted wild bird plates as a pre-serve...or just elegant cream and gold...decisions, decisions. I suppose I could just say, "screw it..." and do paper. :D )
  • Order flowers for centerpiece Complete 11/22
  • Polish silver
  • Iron Linens
  • Cleaning House (Can someone please tell me why this has to be part of meal planning? Gah.)
  • Clean out refrigerator. (Omg...This is not going to be a small chore, unless I get lawn bags and just pitch everything in there and then set off a clorox bomb inside of the frig.)
  • Put up Christmas tree and decorate it. (I know, it's early, but I have a 15 foot behemoth and my sis is free to help me on Monday.)
I'll be adding to my list and checking things off (turning them blue to indicate completed) as the time nears.

Thanksgiving Day Progress Photos:

I stuffed the cavity of the bird with apples, lemons, shallots, celery, sage, thyme and kosher salted and peppered the inside and out.

Put it on a rack and into the roasting pan with about 2 cups of chicken stock. It's tented with foil and in a 325 degree oven. The foil will come off in the last hour of cooking and the bird will be basted with clarified butter.


Maura said...

Cleaning House Can someone please tell me why this has to be part of meal planning? Gah.

I think what's most important is getting rid of dust buffaloes and making sure the bathroom is clean. I mean, what's the point? It's going to be a mess afterwards. Might as well wait to clean then.

My husband does all the cleaning for big parties, and he cleans the house to within an inch of its life. I say "turn the lights down and bring on the candles". :)

Your menu sounds lovely. Have a great Thanksgiving.

Paula Dines said...

Once again, Maura, I like the way you think. =D

I actually got quite a bit of cleaning done on my day off this week. I'm not in too bad of shape.

I'm trying a few new things this year for Thanksgiving, but we tend to have the old favorites.

Thank you for the compliment. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving too.