Thursday, December 11, 2008

Thanksgiving Eats

Ok, I had planned a much more in-depth post about the eatings that went on over Thanksgiving, but as the days kept dragging and it got further into the past, I realized I had to such it up and just get the pictures and a quick recap up. So here we go, and sorry for not having more detailed (or any) recipes to go along with them.

First, the turkey, which was put into a brine over night. As you can see, there were lots of goodies in there, including a couple of cups of kosher salt, some vegetables, and cloves and other spices. A different approach from deep-frying a turkey, but very, very good.

Before dinner, I tried my hand at a drink called a coquito, which was suggested as a replacement for the earstwhile eggnog. This stuff is good, but very, very rich, so keep that in mind and plan on small quantities upon serving.



2 15-ounce cans cream of coconut
2 14-ounce cans condensed milk
6 ounces white rum (use less if you like)
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon coconut (or vanilla) extract

1. Mix all ingredients in a blender.
2. Refrigerate for about an hour before serving. Serve cold.

Along with dinner we had roasted vegetables (carrots, parsnips), roasted artichokes, mashed potatoes with gravy, and of course stuffing. The stuffing was my stepmom's recipe and was out of this world. Someone remidn me to obtain and post that recipe for sure.

Pies. Good.

Same with wine. We were drinking well.

We also picked up an amazing wedge of pecorino romano from Arthure Ave.

So there you go. I know, not much detail, but there were a few recipes I'll be trying again soon and posting in a more CHF-like fashion.


Anonymous said...

Have u sold your cofee machine yet?

Brian said...

Yes, the espresso machine sold successfully. The buyer got a great deal :)

Karen Lugay,RD said...

What a feast to behold! I love the fact that you marinated the turkey overnight in a brine. Gives lots of taste and moisture. I really want to try the fried turkey at Jive Turkey in Brooklyn. That's the only spot I know that sells it in the whole of NYC. Anyway, hope you share the Christmas feast pictures as well!