- Date: Saturday, November 11, 2006 -- 7pm
- Location: Chicago, IL
- Kitchen: Vigleik and Shihchi's Apartment
- Fellow Chefs: Vigleik, Shihchi, and Bridget
- Dining Companion: Kari
- Recipe Rating: A-
Today I began preparations for Thanksgiving dinner! Ok, really I only started grocery shopping, but that's something. I also finalized a menu. I am making dinner for 12 in the suburbs. It's going to be me, Chris, my parents, and Chris' whole family (his mom, his dad, his stepmom, his stepdad, his grandpa, etc...). I am looking forward to it. Dinner is at Richard and Anita's house, and their kitchen is an amazing place to cook! We are having mostly food from The Book -- except the turkey, for which none of The Book recipes would really work out given various constraints. I enjoy cooking these big family meals. Thanksgiving is particularly easy because the menu is practically preset by tradition, and everything on it is easy to make. Here's what we're having on Thursday: molasses-brined turkey with gingersnap gravy, sausage fennel stuffing with buttermilk cornbread, cranberry-cherry sauce, green salad with sherry-walnut oil vinaigrette, roasted carrots and parnips with herbs, buttermilk mashed potatoes with caramelized shallots, pecan pumpkin pie, and chocolate cream pie. Mmmm... I love Thanksgiving food!