Alright folks--it's on! Thanksgiving is two days away and I can hardly contain my excitement. This is one of my favorite holidays of the year. Being a priest and all, I probably have to rank Easter and Christmas in front of Thanksgiving. And indeed, those holidays would be PERFECT if they allowed me the time I cherish to prepare the feasts that go with them. But as it is, Thanksgiving is the one holiday when we are given complete permission to cook (and let's face it, eat) like there's no tomorrow.
This year, instead of cooking a full-on feast myself, I'm joining forces with friends. There will be about a dozen of us, with two dueling turkeys, a mash up of sides, and several desserts. Here's what I'm cooking up:
Oink and Gobble Farm Roasted Turkey with truffle butter
Cornbread, sausage, apple and pecan stuffing (been making this for 20 years now, so I guess it's tradition)
Rutabaga and Leek chowder with smoked paprika butter (from the new Winter Issue of Edible Finger Lakes)
Cranberry Bourbon Compote (made with fresh cranberries a friend brought me from the Cape)
Golden Cake with chocolate sour cream frosting (from Gourmet Magazine, oh how I miss that magazine this month!)
Mom is driving up from NYC and she's packing cheese cakes for our feast--YUM!
What's on YOUR menu???
* If you are still shopping around, check out Green Planet Grocery on Wednesday--they're having all kinds of tastings and last time I checked they had 2 or 3 Oink and Gobble turkeys available.