Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The One that Got Away

My fresh Amish turkey has been deconstructed and my gravy has been made.  My house already smells like Thanksgiving.

I was discussing the holiday with my friends at yoga and someone mentioned wild turkeys.  I mentioned that I had blogged about them roaming my neighborhood this summer.  I wonder if Tom is still out there searching for Tess?

Here she is:

One of my friends was going out for dinner, but was buying a turkey to cook so they would have leftovers.  I don't get it.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving, tomorrow.

Monday, November 23, 2015

A Thanksgiving Menu

As I have been doing for many holidays, I am again posting my menu for Thursday Dinner:

Spinach & Artichokes in Puff Pastry

Pear and Gorgonzola on Mixed Baby Greens
w Pear-Balsamic Vinaigrette

Roasted Turkey w Giblet Gravy
Chestnut Dressing
Sweet Potato Casserole
Mashed Buttermilk Potatoes
Green Beans in Café de Paris Butter
Brandied Cranberry Chutney
Rolls and Orange Butter

Pumpkin Mousse Trifle

I think I have it all together.  Big item is to deconstruct my turkey and then brine the breast, salt the legs, and de-bone the thighs.  I am doing my own version of Julia Child's deconstructed turkey which I have made in the past.  I also need to make my turkey stock and cook those giblets for the stuffing.  I need to skedaddle.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Walking in Winter

This post about winter and falls will be shorter than I anticipated, but I want to just deal with the snow fall we had yesterday, about 4-5 inches in my area.

Here is my drive and the walk I have to my mailbox down at the end of the drive.
Now that the sun is out the snow left on the drive will melt and, hopefully, the cement will dry off. But if it is wet and the snow or water refreezes, I have any icy trek.

I've been known to drive my garbage down to the street for pick-up rather than risk falling on ice. Last night I shoveled a path to the mailbox at 11 PM to get my mail.  Sometimes I have just left it in the box and then driven down the next day.  Did I say I have a fear of falling?

Last year I hired someone to clear the drive, but they did such a poor job that I will just go back to doing it myself.  I replaced my old 2-cycle snowblower with a new 4-cycle snow thrower last year and my drive was done in about 20 minutes.  Since I am holding onto the machine, I don't have too many concerns about falling when I am out there.

I bought new boots this year with more traction on  the soles.  Plus they are waterproof.  A friend of mine invested in cleats that attach to her boots.  As I well know, walking can be dangerous no matter what your age is.

I have to run out this afternoon to pick up the fresh turkey I ordered.  And I also have to bake my chiffon cakes for my Pumpkin Mousse Trifle.

I'll try to blog about dinner and being safe in winter, but who knows how much time I will have to sit at a computer.  Unless of course we all get snowed in.