So, after much discussion, I have decided to make a Thanksgiving dinner for The Husband and I. We were invited a lot of places, but... kind of just wanted to do our own thing this year. He has a lot of work to do, we've been traveling a lot lately, and we just wanted to actually relax!
And, after we decided to go it alone, I asked him (Monday night... I'm ever so prepared) if he actually wanted a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, which I would be happy to make if it was wanted, or if he wanted P.F.Chang's. He opted for Thanksgiving, and I think that the list below is what I'm making.
1) Turkey Breasts with Gravy. Apparently the gravy is very important. Not having really eaten gravy in 8 years or so, I don't remember. But dealing with a whole bird, with the skin and the bones and the YUCK, I just couldn't do it. Plus, there are two of us. And I don't eat all that much in general, and none of the turkey.
2) Dressing. With nothing in it. Butter, bread crumbs, and herbs. In a wide pan, so there's lots of crunchy edges. Because those are the best. No veggies. It's how my mom's always done it, and I love it, and if any one has an opinion as to how to make it better, you can make it yourself. But I won't eat it.
3) Mashed Potatoes. With lots garlic. And butter. (Wow, I really like butter.) Mashed potatoes are one of my favorite foods ever.
4) Canned Cranberry Sauce. My family generally makes this delicious homemade cranberry sauce that looks very Martha, and is so easy - cranberries, sugar, and VSOP, mix and bake, but... There's no way to cut it down to a reasonable size. And... one can only do so much with cranberry sauce leftovers. And I actually like the canned kind. I used to try to get it out in 1 big blob, and cut it into perfect circle slices.... I was a strange kid.
5) Green Bean Casserole. Easy, yummy, and I'm going to make it in a wide pan, so there's lots of those good onion things every where. I really like those onion things. If it were socially acceptable, I'd put them out in a dish, like nuts, and snack on them.
6) This green jell-o salad that randomly his family and my family both make. Because I like it. I'm still looking for the recipe. But... I think it's lime jell-o, marshmellows, nuts, coconut... something like that.
7) My family usually does rigatoni. Because we're Italian. Or at least, that's the fraction of heritage that my dad's side of the family embraces. We'll see how industrious I get in the kitchen. And I make delicious meat balls. Even though I don't eat them. But I learned from my Italian grandma, so how can they be bad???
8) Apple pie with egg nog ice cream. A friend of mine said that their family does this, and I think I like it more than pumpkin. I really like apple pie. And egg nog ice cream.
Wow this is looking like a lot of food. I'm getting excited.
And I need to go to the store. Badly.