I go a little crazy at Thanksgiving time. I love to cook for people, and I tend to cook for my family on the day itself, then do another meal with friends soon after. I make an insanely huge amount of food, too.
This year, I am thinking about skipping the friend Thanksgiving meal. I do love it, but I may be taking on too many things for the holiday season. I need to ask the kids what they think and do a small poll of my friends to see if they will be available on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. I have taken on so many other things, though, I am not sure about taking on a full day of cooking. I am not sure about skipping it, either, though, because it makes me sad to think about missing it.
Regardless, I need to do some planning about the upcoming Thanksgiving time, both food-wise and time-wise. I am taking some time off leading up to the big day, plus the day after, so I want to make sure I am using the time wisely. I will be off this Friday, and every day except Tuesday next week, but I will be working at home on Tuesday, so I could do some baking, in theory. I like to spread the cooking out for a few days so that I am not running around like crazy on the day itself, especially since I like to do a late lunch-time meal. I also want to make sure I use my time off wisely to do some other tasks. So this is another post of lists.
Food for Thanksgiving day (subject to change after I consult my family—or not)
- Dill dip and rye bread with veggies
- Cranberry sauce
- Butternut squash risotto (or possibly cornbread stuffing)
- Roasted potatoes
- Roasted Brussels sprouts
- Steamed green beans
- Tropical sweet potato casserole
I have no idea how I am going to do the turkey. I am not sure I have ever made a full turkey, between a spotty history of vegetarianism and just having other people make it (my ex-husband or my dad, usually.) However, the boy is excited to make the turkey this year, so I said we would. My dad did offer to come over and do it on the BBQ grill, though, and I may take him up on that.
I am thinking about doing the risotto instead of my usual stuffing this year for a couple of reasons. First, I have been experimenting with going wheat free lately, and I am thinking it is going well. I have eaten wheat a few times and felt that I was having symptoms related to that, although I have not been systematic about it. A much bigger factor, though, is that I am the only one who likes the stuffing I usually make. I love it, and eat enough to make up for everyone else, but I am thinking I may be better off going to the risotto that I know at least 4 of the 6 of us love. I am considering trying out a cornbread stuffing recipe though, so we’ll see.
I am not sure what to do about dessert this year. I might do a crustless pumpkin cheesecake, or some kind of pudding. This gluten free and dairy free pumpkin pudding looks good. I may have to try that out this weekend to taste test.
Things I can make ahead
- Dill Dip
- Cranberry sauce
- The pumpkin pudding up to baking
- All the chopping
- Roasting the butternut squash
Writing Tasks I would like to do in my time off
- Complete Gaming Angels Holiday Guide
- Complete The Cult of Lego review
- Posts for ever day
- Another budget set up post
- List of gifts to make
- <More planning needed here>
- December Convention post for Gaming Angels
- A few other Gaming Angels things—featured web magazine, featured web comic, talk to other Pulp Angels team members for ideas and schedules
Crafts I want to work on
Does this seem like too much? I hope not, because I haven’t even gotten to cleaning and reading and gift shopping.
What are your Thanksgiving plans?