Yesterday was Thanksgiving here in Canada, and despite not celebrating it while growing up, it has become one of my favourite holidays. This is, of course, because of the food, and the fact that it is the only time of year that I ever feel like making a big holiday dinner.
As usual, our Thanksgiving was small and celebrated on the Sunday, not the holiday Monday; we invited only a couple of friends (I find making things small greatly alleviates any stress). Strangely, this year was one of the most relaxing cooking experiences I've ever had for a holiday dinner, partly because I did a lot of cooking before hand.
Sigh. There is something so wonderful about feasting.
We tried the Cheesecloth method of roasting turkey this time, after being inspired by a show on the Food Network. It's pretty simple: you soak cheesecloth in a mixture of melted butter and wine, cover it over the turkey, and bake away. I didn't have any white wine, so we used Apricot ale instead. The turkey turned out pretty well, with really nice, crispy skin.
Here's the plate: turkey, mash, turkey & ale gravy, ginger & carrot glazed carrot, roasted sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts with bacon & Italian parsley, stuffing with walnut & apple, and homemade cranberry sauce (SO much better than the canned, I promise).
Top that with pumpkin pie, and we were golden.
Hope you Canadians had a great day yesterday!