Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thanksgiving Dinner: An iliea's Kitchen Marathon

Thanksgiving Dinner

    Yay! This is the First Thanksgiving meal i've cooked in a while! I love my new, large kitchen! This is a simple menu i had put together with Michael's help with prep and photos. We ate this by ourselves, but the portions were definitely enough to feed about 4, maybe 5 people.  Here's What was on the menu:

  • Pear Brined Roast Turkey ( 1 Bone in Split Breast, and one drumstick, total of 4 lbs)
  • Carrot Glazed Ham
  • Scratch-Made Stuffing
  • Mashed Potatoes (but don't worry, i won't bore you with a recipe for that)
  • Green Beans with Cippolini Onions and Almonds
  • Fresh-made Cranberry Sauce
  • Gravy

    So in the following days I plan to create a post for each recipe, Plus the usual tips and suggestions. Many people I know are intimidated by holiday cooking... I Hope you can follow along, and see how simple most of this is to put together. The only thing you really need is time and space, and a good plan.
Here are some tips to consider before you jump: 
  • Make sure you have all your ingredients before you begin cooking. Nothing is less convenient than having to run to the crowded grocery store for a last minute forgotten item. 
  • Layout your menu. Look at all the items and think about how each one will need to be cooked and prepared. Make sure you have enough of the right pots, pans, and mixing bowls for the job. Also consider what could be made in advance and start there. I then use this list to plan what to make first when i start cooking and schedule times. I keep a timer handy, this helps me to stay focused when multiple dishes are being juggled simultaneously. 
  • Clean your kitchen. If you start clean it will be easier to get back to clean once everything is done. Having some help with dishes along the way is a great way to keep massive cooking messes under control. I wash each dish as i work, which helps to keep all the prep space clear as well. 
  • Have fun! Have a glass of wine while you cook, listen to music or your favorite podcasts, enlist friends to help. This will help you to stay relaxed and in control. 
Well, stay tuned! and Happy Holidays from iliea's Kitchen!

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