Tuesday, December 09, 2008
(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding?
I'm not quite sure what happened yesterday, but I made a half a turkey with most of the trimmings. I trekked out to the grocery store thinking I could pick up some turkey breasts, but all they had were half turkeys. I ended up with about 7 pounds of a half turkey. Even the package with the giblets was cut in half. Weird. I also made sweet potatoes, regular mashed potatoes, green beans, carrots and cranberry sauce. Oh, and pumpkin pie for dessert. I really had not intended to go that far, but I just was on a roll, plus I had mashed pumpkin in the freezer from halloween. I also got to use some of my new kitchen gadgets, like the big guns food processor. I've never made pie crust that fast before. I made everything, nothing came out of a can. I guess I wanted to make my lower fat and non-dairy version of a turkey dinner. We won't get into how high the carbs were, and I wasn't even thinking about carb-loading or running. I left out things like butter and used vegetable stock and a little olive oil instead. In the sweet potatoes I used fresh squeezed orange juice (we have an abundance of oranges in our yard right now), left out most of the added sugar (used 1/2 a cup instead of a whole cup) in the cranberry sauce and used orange juice instead of water in the cooking process. I just felt like cooking. My son was perplexed and wondered why I was making such a big meal, if there was some special occasion. I just replied with "I just felt like it." I did feel like I was missing a salad, but there was so much food. At the end of the meal, my son came out of the woodwork to say "thank you" for the meal. I guess I was just missing the left-overs that go with Thanksgiving dinner, and the left-overs were left over at my in-laws house.
The turkey sandwiches for lunch today were awesome.
Today's song is one I never would have thought of for the holidays until now, but I'm including it in my holiday music mix.
We Wish You A Merry Christmas - The Brady Bunch, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Kenny G, Raffi, Patti Page, The Chipmunks, Gary Hoey, Ashanti, Willie Nelson, etc... - Run-DMZ