The “Real” Thanksgiving meal came and went, and it was fabulous.
From a yumminess perspective, our Thanksgiving brunch at my grandparents’ house in Muskogee, Oklahoma was one of my favorite parts of the day. We had my Aunt Susie’s fabulous quiche, some coffee cake from Corner Bakery, and smoked salmon on bagels. Perfection.
For the main event, we went to Tulsa to my aunt and uncle Jon and Angie’s gorgeous house that looks like it came out of a pottery barn catalogue. It is the perfect place to spend one of my favorite days of the year.
While we waited for the meal, we held a family ping pong tournament. It was highly entertaining not only to play, but to watch the entire family play and see who made it to the championship. For the record, my dad and cousin Stephen were the winning pair.
Here are some snaps of our Thanksgiving dinner. Each of the usual side suspects made an appearance – mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing and green bean casserole. My cousin Nathan introduced us to “Green Bean Bundles” – delicious green beans tied together with bacon. I managed to kill Grandma Nancy’s orange jello mold by submerging it in warm water just a little too long, oops. No one seemed to mind too much. Our bird always comes from Greenberg
– these are the smokiest, savoriest thing to ever come out of Tyler, Texas. We topped it all off with lots of pies – apple, pumpkin and chess.
This year, we are lucky to have numerous opportunities to enjoy the traditional Thanksgiving meal. Since Thanksgiving is our collective favorite holiday, this makes us two very happy cooks. The first of these feasts was last night with Mike’s parents Tom and Leanne, brother Jim and brother’s brand new fiancé Katie.
Leanne made the famous Hearne sausage stuffing and homemade mashed potatoes. She managed to cook it all one-handed since she broke her arm a few weeks ago – she never ceases to amaze! The turkey was compliments of Byerly’s. It was all very delicious and satisfying on a Sunday night.
Katie decided to enjoy her Thanksgiving fixings in the form of a southern Minnesotan delicacy, The Turkey Commercial. Here’s how it works: make a turkey sandwich, pile it high with mashed potatoes, and smother the whole thing in gravy. I had never heard of such a concept. Curious, I consulted Google. While I didn’t find anything on the Turkey Commercial, I did find “Beef, Bread, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy,” a blog devoted entirely to the subject of the Beef Commercial.
I brought dessert – Betty Crocker’s Pumpkin Cookies with Browned Butter Frosting. These cookies are nothing short of fabulous. The cookie is a soft, cinnamon-laden pillow that serves as a vehicle for the browned butter frosting, otherwise known as crack. I’m fairly certain the ladies of the Betty Crocker Kitchens were inspired by this version from D’Amico and Sons inside our headquarters. To say the least, these cookies create a sensation every year.
Our first Thanksgiving of 2012 was wonderful, and I can’t wait for more!