The family is coming over to my house on Friday to hang out. We're all going to see the new Harry Potter film in the afternoon (my mom is babysitting). For the last few years I've been a little miffed that I never got a chance to have a Thanksgiving meal at my house, so to compensate I will be having a post-Thanksgiving luncheon on Friday. I get to use my good china and everything. I'm excited.
I'm doing roast chicken instead of turkey, because we'll have had that on Thursday at my parents' house. Two members of the party are anti-seasonings, so they'll be getting a small plain chicken all to themselves. The rest of us will be enjoying a lemon-rubbed chicken stuffed with fresh parsely, rosemary, lemon, and shallots. Here is my official menu:
- One plain chicken, roasted
- One fancy chicken, roasted
- Chicken gravy
- Mashed Yukon Gold potatoes (without milk, my dad's allergic)
- Cornbread stuffing
- Scalloped squash, red pepper, and corn gratin
- Cranberry sauce
- Steamed broccoli
- Blueberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream
How I am going to make all this food on time when I'll be gone the day before... I have no idea. The gratin and the cranberry sauce can be made in advance. The cornbread can be made in advance. I have to salt the chickens 24 hours before roasting, which means I'll be getting up early on Thanksgiving, I guess. I will probably beg a family member to come over early to entertain a certain little boy so that I can complete the rest of the meal before lunch on Friday.
I really like the epicurious.com site. Most of the recipes are a little too involved to be of much use on a standard day, but for holidays I think their recipes are really good. I initially wanted to do a more advanced cranberry relish, but I love traditional cranberry sauce and so I decided to go with the simplest.
I really, truly can't wait. My sister thinks I'm crazy, but I love feeding people, and I love having everyone over to my house because it's babyproofed and we don't have to worry about who's watching the Moosh.
Fun note: I have no big table, so we'll be eating Iranian style, which is essentially picnic style: tablecloth spread on the floor and everyone sits around it.