I’m still feeling the effects from Thursday’s turkey haze. We’ll have leftovers for a good bit of time! This year’s cooking taught me a couple of things:
Always buy more butter. When I went grocery shopping last weekend, I bought two boxes of butter to freeze. (I knew I would need them for future ffwD recipes!) Foolishly, I thought that the one unused box plus two sticks I already had in the refrigerator would be enough for my Thanksgiving dishes. Nope! I ended up also needing the two boxes from the freezer.
Always remember what’s going on in your kitchen. Because I had to use frozen butter, the task of getting it to room temperature became an on-going task, stick by stick. This posed a problem with the parades, tv show marathons, Kung Fu Panda marathon and endless phone calls serving as distractions. I was so distracted that I forgot one stick was “thawing” on the stove. By the time I checked it, the butter had melted to liquid consistency and gotten EVERYWHERE.
Doubling the nutmeg can sometimes mask a lack of cinnamon. Somehow, I miscalculated the amount of cinnamon I had in my cupboards. I thought I had half a container. I actually had NONE. Oh, well, I just doubled or substituted in nutmeg where necessary. Yes, I know they’re very different flavors, but one holiday spice is better than none!
Extra pumpkin pie filling makes a great “custard” snack while cooking. I always seem to make more filling or batter than I have room in my pan. Today’s pumpkin pie was no different. However, the recipe I used was so yummy, there was no way I was going to throw out extras. So, I popped the extra filling into two ramekins and baked them along with the pie. My sister and I had a nice snack while making other dishes!
Pancetta AND ham in one dish? Amazing. You can never go wrong with a savory dish when pancetta and ham are used. This made my very first experience with Brussels sprouts VERY pleasant! Per my friend’s request (Codename: GPL), I leave you with some fun photos of our Thanksgiving meal. I hope your holiday was as delicious as mine!