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Blogger gobbler

Posted on Nov 25, 2008 by billsimmon in friends, Life of Bill, vermont | 1 Comments

It’s possible I’m only writing this post because I thought the similarities between the words “blogger” and “gobbler” were funny.

At any rate, Emily and I are hosting Thanksgiving again this year and so prep work for that has begun in earnest — cleaning the house, making trips to City Market, Costco and Shaws, planning the menu, etc. It should be a fairly bloggeriffic turkey day with both Steve B. and Alex W. among the guests.

Emily and I both like to cook but we’re mostly convenience eaters because we’re bad time managers. Thanksgiving is a major exception. Everything on our table is assembled from constituent parts — no packaged mixes. Everything is made from whole foods — local, if possible. Here’s an overview of what our table will look like…

We’ll be serving a fresh (never frozen), locally-raised turkey, soaked in a brine of kosher salt, brown sugar, molasses, onions, garlic and rosemary for 18 hours before baking, and stuffed with aroma vegetables when it goes in the oven (never put bread in a baking bird!). The table will also feature some iconic Thanksgiving fixtures like mashed potatoes (organically-grown Vermont Carola Golds and Russets), stuffing/dressing (dried, wheat bread soaked in giblet stock with sage, onions and celery — baked separately, not stuffed in the bird), gravy (made in the roasting pan after the bird comes out, with flour and stock) and mom’s homemade cranberry sauce. We’ll also have a corn & squash gratin (Emily-made — yum!), creamed pearl onions (mom’s specialty), a couple of vegetable selections, and popovers. I’m told there will also be pie.

There will be eleven of us, including Emily and me. The cooking starts tomorrow as I make a Misty Knoll turkey stock, dry the stuffing bread, prepare the turkey brine and do some of the veggie chopping. I’ll twitter my progress throughout the day so stay tuned.

What’s on your table this year? Any suggestions for me, turkey mavens?



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  1. On November 27, 2008, BenMac said:

    Bill, that sounds amazing. I’ll be sitting down to a similar feast with my parents and some friends in Essex, and I’m really looking forward to it. Food-centric holidays are always the best. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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