Thanksgiving 2014

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends this week. Another family hosted and everybody chipped in with the cooking. We brought a turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, a salad and gravy.

This year I decided to brine our turkey. After boiling water with sugar and salt, I added celery, onions, carrots, peppercorns and herbs to the mix. Then the turkey sat in the mix for about 72 hours in the fridge.

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After rinsing and drying the bird, it then sat in the fridge for another 24 hours.

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I made two batches of chicken stock a few days ahead of Thanksgiving so I would have it for the stuffing and gravy.

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For the gravy, I roasted chicken backs and turkey necks, and added them to a stock pot with sautéed carrots, onions, and celery. Then I added chicken stock and veal demi glace and boiled the whole thing for about two and a half hours. It reduced down to a delicious gravy.

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For the stuffing I browned some Jimmy Dean pork sausage and mixed it with stuffing mix, onions, celery, water chestnuts, and fresh chopped herbs.

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I made 5 kilos (about 11 pounds) of mashed potatoes.

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I cooked the turkey in a roaster and it turned out well.

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Meanwhile, Mercedes worked on the Christmas cards and Maria made a salad.

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When we arrived at our friend’s house, they were just finishing with frying their turkey.

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We had perfect weather and enjoyed being outside and Patrick and Danny had a lot of fun running around outside.

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The boys spent a little bit of time acting like turkeys too.

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Jim and I carved up the turkeys.

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That’s Jim’s fried turkey on top, and mine below.

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Finally it was time to eat! There were tons of delicious things. The boys especially liked mac ‘n’ cheese and ham.

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After dinner, the boys watched a movie on the iPad. Señor Abrazos (“Mr. Hugs”), from the boys’ preschool, is visiting us for the weekend and he watched the movie too, even getting into the Thanksgiving spirit a bit!

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We had a great celebration and have much to be thankful for!

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