And once again, it was my favorite holiday – Thanksgiving! I was fortunate to have a whole day before to be in the kitchen which really paid off workload-wise. My mom and I were able to go to the market on Tuesday night and then I had Wednesday and Thursday to be cooking and baking – usually we go to the market Wednesday night and then try to cram everything into one day of cooking and inevitably we end up eating at about 10:00 instead of 4:00.
This year we ate at 5:15. SO CLOSE!
We had mostly old favorites – hot rolls from the box mix (DON’T YOU JUDGE ME!), deviled eggs (we almost didn’t make this until Thursday because we weren’t sure we had the will power as a family to resist their siren song from the fridge for a whole day), mashed sweet potatoes with chipotle and maple syrup (whose recipe seems to have disappeared from the internet…), green beans with ginger and garlic, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, and cranberry-orange relish – and a couple of newbies – a corn pudding, Brussels sprouts gratin, and a cider basted turkey.
We also made mulled wine – which was really good (and OMG strong despite having only wine and spices in it), but we left the spice bag in too long and it started to have a bitter aftertaste. I was determined to keep drinking it, but had to throw in the towel after three days…
And, of course, there were two new desserts! The first was a three-tier cake from Sky High Cakes, a sweet potato cake with orange filling and chocolate frosting decorated with Oreo and candy turkeys and marzipan pumpkins (both of which were my dad’s assignments):
It was a really good cake – sort of a spice cake, though it still paired well with the chocolate, but we all wished there had been more of the orange filling. The real star of the dinner, though, was the Vanilla-Spiced Caramel and Pear Tart:
Perfect fall flavors and surprisingly light and easy to eat even after a big meal. One tip, though, when reheating leftovers, don’t confuse the caramel sauce with the gravy. 😉