I am doing quite well in that department. My potato gratin and sweet potatoes are made and only have to be reheated tomorrow. I used two quarts of my homemade chicken stock to make six cups of homemade turkey stock. I sure hope this turkey gravy is worth the effort.
And speaking of turkey, today I will 'deconstruct' the bird. I've sharpened my knives and meat cleaver. I am all set to take the bird apart for cooking. The stuffing is prepared and waiting to hit the oven.
My chocolate chiffon cakes are made and today I will prepare the Swiss buttercream frosting. I think I will wait until tomorrow morning to put the Black Forest torte together so that the whipped cream frosting doesn't turn color. But I will bake my pumpkin mascarpone pies today.
I hope everyone is hungry and hasn't binged this evening on filling foods. I've read that Wednesday night is big business for bars and pizza joints offering carry-out.
And if you think my preparations involve a lot of work, remember that I do not think of it as 'work'. It is something I love to do. It is my way of saying 'thanks' to my family for just being who they are.
I have only once taken my family out to eat on Thanksgiving. I do not remember why I had opted not to cook that year. What I do remember is that I had food-poisoning, contracted the previous Sunday at a local restaurant, and was just miserable. I was admitted to the hospital on Friday with severe dehydration. Turns out I was infected with a bad case of campylobacter.
I guess that in itself gives me not so pleasant memories of eating out. That and the high cost with no leftovers to show for it. Plus, being at home I get to spend the day enjoying their company without a bunch of strangers chattering and moving about.
So, before I hit the kitchen to start today's prep, let me wish all of my American friends a wonderful Thanksgiving. And to those of you who are celebrating both Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, a Happy Hanukkah. To the rest of you, 'Thanks' for being a reader, a follower, or just an occasional visitor. I hope your days are filled with many reasons to give 'Thanks'.