The end of the bird

Thanksgiving was, as always, a huge hit in the IF Optimist household.  I love to cook and it took me two days to complete all of the prep and the dinner.  We had 8 people for dinner and a menu that included:

Herb-butter rubbed fresh organic turkey
Mashed potatoes a la MaBeep (made by my MIL)
Wild mushroom gravy with a dash of port
French bread stuffing with spicy maple sausage, apples, pecans and dried cranberries
Gramma Webster’s Corn Puddin’ (made by friend Mike)
Sauteed green beans with lemon zest and almonds
Brussels Sprouts (MrBeep’s favorite veggie)

for dessert I made a Turtle Pumpkin Pie – thank you to the lovely One Who Understands for the link.  I changed the recipe slightly since I like to do things the hard way.  I made the graham cracker crust and added roasted pecans to the food processor instead of a pre-made crust.  I also made a batch of fresh caramel sauce and added a touch of cognac – oh my gawd eat it with a spoon delicious.  I roasted some additional pecans and tossed them in cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg before coating them in caramel.  I also don’t like cool whip, so I made my own whipped cream and added a little gelatin for extra stability.  The pie turned out fan-freaking-tastic.  Here’s a photo:


Now much of the remaining of the turkey and fixin’s were gobbled up the next day with my gaming friends, but we still had some left (I roasted a 22lb bird this year).  The carcass and veggies are in the pressure cooker simmering away and making stock.  On the menu for tonight is Turkey and Dumplings. 

I’ll write about my first OB appointment next week, but I wanted to take a second to express how am thankful I am for all of the obvious things this year, for monsters on board who helped make dinner with me and added a special secret joy to my day.  For MrBeep would rub my belly and tell them how much he was looking forward to the dinner they were making. I am also so thankful to have great friends in real life and through the bloggidy world.  It felt good to read and catch up with you all this Sunday.  There was bad news and some good news but through everything, you all wrote so many amazing stories of courage and grace and joy.  Giving thanks to you all and I hope that the rest of the holiday season is one of hope and love.

12 comments on "The end of the bird"

Mrs. Gamgee on November 29, 2009 at 7:03 PM said...

MMMMMmmm... sounds like a great dinner. I've never done anything like herb butter on my turkey (usually just use some olive oil), but I think I want to try it for Christmas.

I'm so glad that you, MrBeep, and the monsters had a great weekend.

Kate on November 29, 2009 at 9:20 PM said...

OK, it's bed time, and you've just made me really really hungry for some of that pie. Mmmm.

jill on November 30, 2009 at 7:42 AM said...

That pie looks amazing! Wish I could taste it :) And your menu sounds delicious! I love making thanksgiving dinner too. I didn't get to this year but my sister and I are thinking about doing a thanksgiving dinner in Dec sometime.

So wonderful to think of your monsters helping you make dinner! Awwww

One Who Understands on November 30, 2009 at 11:37 AM said...

Next year I want to be at your Thanksgiving! Your pie turned out amazing! So glad you enjoyed it.

K on November 30, 2009 at 5:59 PM said...

Yuuummmmm. Except for the brussel sprouts. Sorry. Gross.

Sunny on November 30, 2009 at 7:06 PM said...

Look at you, the fancy cook! I am impressed! Especially considering my idea of "cooking" means microwaving a potato and putting deli meat and cheese on bread. :)

Can't wait to hear about your OB appt. Been thinking about you and those monsters!

meinsideout on November 30, 2009 at 11:53 PM said...

Sounds yummy - and I am so happy for you.

Kimbosue on December 1, 2009 at 11:42 AM said...

The pie is beautiful. I made a similar recipe from Kraft several years ago but yours is way yummier...looking.

Can't wait to hear the news!

WiseGuy on December 2, 2009 at 5:26 AM said...

Well, it appears to be a great dinner served with a lot of love, and eaten with a lot of love. It makes everything so special.

Sending lots of love to the monsters....

Ji on December 2, 2009 at 8:24 PM said...

amazing site here.

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enjoy your fun.

One Who Understands on December 3, 2009 at 3:16 PM said...

You are so right! I do need to celebrate the little things we have now. There are plenty of blessing in our lives. Thank you for being the optimist that you are, and reminding me to be one too. You're a wonderful friend. We are getting there, slowly but surely.

Rotten on December 3, 2009 at 8:40 PM said...

I think I got fatter just looking at that pie. YUM!


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