Our 2007 Thanksgiving meal was delicious and I send my thanks to my group of helpers. Each year I look back on the different dishes served and consult with my family about the meal in general. I make notes which I review in the following fall in order to fine tune everything.
This year my notes say that I had the perfect size turkey, plenty of leftovers, but nothing to throw away. We had turkey sandwiches for a couple of days, and warmed up turkey and side dishes for two evening meals. I roasted a turkey roast (white and dark meat held together in netting) that weighed a little over nine pounds. With no bones, there was no waste.I used separate turkey wings and a leg for the gravy, picked the meat from the bones and froze it two days before Thanksgiving day. It will serve me well when I need it for soup or a casserole.
I made twice as much dressing as we needed. I’ll cut back on that next year. We decided to eliminate the roasted marinated vegetables next year and find something new, maybe Brussels sprouts. Everything else was fine, although we still have mashed potatoes leftover. I guess we can have some potato pancakes this week.
We made two pumpkin pies and one pecan. The pecan pie was gone and we still have a few pieces of pumpkin pie left. That’s fine with me. It’s my favorite.
I’m glad we have the second refrigerator. I was able to keep plenty of soft drinks cold as well as extra milk (for the kiddos), half and half, and general storage so that the frig in the kitchen was always relatively ready to store something conveniently. We used to have an old refrigerator in the garage – not a good place for it. It worked too hard in the summer and not hard enough in the winter. It really just was good for holding pop and beer. When it died, we replaced it with one that we keep in the mudroom. It is rather like an elephant in there, but it is more convenient for us to use and won’t use as much energy. When I think about the tiny icebox my parents had when I was small, I feel like such a spoiled brat!
This week it is back to the old food grind, looking up new recipes, finding new ways to fix good old stand-bys. Tonight we are having Beef Stroganoff with some of the leftover mashed potatoes from Thanksgiving instead of noodles. Later in the week, we can have the leftover Stroganoff with noodles. Num!