We survived Thanksgiving! After two days of practically living in the kitchen, Luigi and I pulled off a huge feast for our friends! From our kitchen came all of the classics: mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, applesauce, pumpkin pie and cranberry sauce.
And of course, the biggest part of all . . . the turkey!
Isn’t she a beauty? Yes, it’s a she because the male turkeys weigh about 39 pounds and would definitely not fit in the oven! Ours instead was 7.5 kilograms . . . errr . . . 16 pounds and quite an experience to cook. From the small size of the oven to the equally small size of the pan, from basting without a baster to the unexpectedly short cooking time, from the “is it done yet?” debate to the final carving; every step was a new one for us and honestly, it was all a bit nerve-wracking.
But we did it and we had a blast!
And with 18 guests heading our way, all of whom brought wonderful dishes of their own – vegetable tort, pesto focaccia, grilled vegetables, green beans – we had more than enough to feed the crowd for dinner. And for dessert, it was pies pies pies! Pumpkin pies, apple pie and Boston cream pie . . . plus leftovers for the traditional morning-after pie breakfast!
Okay, so it wasn’t all perfect, when it came to the actual eating part, we really had to squeeze at the table, and some people had to keep their plates in their laps, but isn’t that what Thanksgiving is all about? Being smashed together with people you care for? I think so, and by the end of the evening, I was feeling quite thankful for Luigi, Maria, all of our guests and of course, my family who I miss so much and who taught me the ropes to a successful Thanksgiving feast!