Because I didn't have a large crowd to feed, I felt like I didn't have to cook a tradition-bound meal. Turkey was a given, but everything else was open to suggestions. The Monday before Thanksgiving I asked everyone for one 'must have' dish. On Thursday, in addition to turkey and gravy, we had mashed sweet potatoes, our family's time-honored cranberry jello salad, green bean casserole topped with french fried onions, roasted Brussels sprouts, and crusty bread. Dessert was pumpkin-cranberry cookies and an apple crisp with vanilla ice cream.
Donald put in a shift at the grocery he used to work at, and came home with more bread and some pastries, and his friend contributed some chocolate truffles. All in all it was a great feast.
Of course I made enough food for leftovers. When everything was put away the refrigerator was stuffed. It didn't help that immediately after the turkey was carved I broke down the carcass and started a pot of broth, which when completed took up almost an entire shelf. Yesterday and today I tasked everyone with eating out of the refrigerator. That's led to some interesting (but surprisingly good) meal combinations. In the past 48 hours I've had:
- A bed of mashed sweet potatoes topped with a fried egg
- A spinach salad with turkey breast, mushrooms that needed to be used, leftover Brussels sprouts, and a spoonful of green bean casserole
- Steamed butternut squash mixed with apple crisp
- Shredded red cabbage cooked with onions, garlic, and a couple of spoonfuls of turkey gravy
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