Thanksgiving has always been a simple affair in our house since we moved to Arizona. The first year we lived here, we drove to Rocky Point, Mexico, camped on the beach and ate a wonderful seafood meal at a local restaurant. It was my absolute favorite Thanksgiving ever.
Whole Foods last week. While the texture is definitely different than canned beets, I have to say that the flavor is the same. We won't be having them again, but I will say that the red beet definitely has a stronger flavor than the yellow beet. It's a flavor that nobody in the house appreciates.
I made mashed potatoes following Bethany's recipe. They were very rich, and tasted great. I left the skins on, but will return to peeling the potatoes as most of us didn't like the texture with the peels.
I cooked up the Whole Foods organic cranberry stuffing and those who like stuffing enjoyed it and said the flavor was good. It was a little wet for their taste, so in the future, I would cut the water a little bit. It was ridiculously easy to make -- bring water & butter to a boil ( I used about 1/2 the butter suggested), add stuffing mix, remove from heat, stir and let sit for 5 minutes.
I made gravy from the drippings -- that nobody ate but me.
I baked fresh rolls, which were soft and good -- but I think they would have been softer if I hand-mixed them instead of using the mixer. I will make them again (for a crowd next time - the recipe I chose made almost 3 dozen) but without the mixer to see if they are softer. Colin, who usually loves bread, refused to even try them.
I baked a pumpkin pie -- using Whole Foods pumpkin and that was delicious. I made a crust I found in my Betty Crocker iPhone app that used flour, oil and water and did not require any rolling. I pressed the dough into the pan before pouring in the filling. It was an okay crust -- definitely faster than my traditional crust -- and worked with the pumpkin pie filling. My traditional crust is much flakier, but I was surprised to note that this crust did have some flake. My kids love pumpkin pie and this pie was inhaled last night. Good thing I have more pumpkin and evaporated milk in the cupboard!
I made chocolate bourbon pecan pie -- using my traditional shortening, flour & water crust. (I figured the only way to truly compare was to have both available) The pie was delicious!
My sister joined us and we had a nice dinner. Looking back, I realize that mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie are the only things that everyone enjoys. Maybe next year we'll try a totally different kind of meal and make foods that everyone likes? A meal of Thanksgiving of our favorite foods and dump tradition? I'm liking the idea -- come back next year to see if I follow through!