I'm so grateful to have had my beautiful friends and family share Thanksgiving with us. Two years ago I was so sick I had to cancel it…that was at the beginning of my health issues. Last year I was feeling good enough to cook for the family, but this year I was able to once again host my family of friends, and for that, I am immensely grateful.
As Teri noted, as part of an ongoing Thanksgiving tradition I always recklessly experiment with a new recipe or cooking technique. They are not always successes God knows, but this one was. I cooked the turkey upside down at high heat. I didn't bother trying to turn it over at the end because the only time I tried that it was a disaster. I didn't stuff it…just added some sage and rosemary in the cavity. It doesn't make for a beautiful table presentation but it was damned good with both the dark meat and the white meat cooked perfectly. And…my 23 lb turkey only took 2 and a half hours at 45o degrees. A keeper! Our group of ten went through a lot of it and, upon looking at the leftovers this morning somebody must have made a late-night raid because there's not much left today. 23 lbs!!
As always, Teri brought a great spread of appetizers. My stuffing (ok, dressing) was not bad but now that I've figured out which gluten-free bread works well for it, next year will be better. Sue's Brussels sprouts were wonderful, my salad was so-so, my mashed potatoes were well, mashed potatoes, I love my cinnamon clove cranberry sauce and Owen's contribution of Black Dog mac and cheese looked gorgeous. All in all, a good meal.
Dessert was even better because Heather and Steve joined us, with Heather bringing dessert of course (oh, and she had contributed her potato rolls ahead of time too).
Teri, Nick, Leo, Ernie, Owen, Hector, Sue. Not pictured: Dennis, me, and Brian
I love using my mother's china and the sterling that both she and my grandmother had. My grandmother's silver chest needs a bit of polishing, but I love it.
Most of the napkins were not irons but I had a few that were still ironed because they'd never been used since I bought them on Etsy!
Our after dinner entertainment
Four Blackwelder boys. Yeah, one of them's giving me the finger, but he generally only does that when I try to photograph him.