November 22nd, 2006

autumnleaf

Mad Cooking

I don't do much Regular Dinner Cooking (except when parents are visiting and I'm trying to pretend I'm a normal grownup). I cook casseroles and stews to generate leftovers to eat for days at a time, and I cook Mad Food Plans, most notably Thanksgiving and the sporadic anti-potluck for my birthday.

I'm not amazingly fond of turkey myself, but ilhander is, and made sad eyes at last year's ham, so this year the plan is to try the brined turkey recipe that merastra posted. The full plan:

  • Turkey
  • Sausage and chestnut stuffing. I can't seem to get the hang of roasting chestnuts - the gap between finger-burning hot and unpeelably cold is a short one, and I always end up with bits of chestnut shell under my fingernails. Still, they're tasty.
  • Savory corn pudding. This is about halfway between a bread pudding and a quiche. It's also one of my common Casserole Leftover dishes - and anything with bacon in it can't be bad!
  • Sweet Potato and Turnip gratin. I'm skipping the mashed potatoes this year - I really like mashed potatoes, but I find them unreasonably pesky to make. Between the water not boiling when it ought, and mis-estimating whether they're done, they thwart me terribly when I'm in a hurry.
  • Crazy Mushroom Salad. The part of morels will be played by wood ears and crimini mushrooms. (This dish made in honor of Bri from Conflux, who has an inexplicable obsession with mushrooms).
  • Garlic and Ginger Green Beans, because justom told me I had to.
  • Creamed spinach, because everyone says it's a comfort food and there's a recipe for it in the Olives cookbook! I find the instructions for béchamel sauce pretty amusing; you put the onion in, you take the onion out... you put the onion in and you shake it all about!
  • Spiced Cranberry sauce (cardamom and five-spice powder). I am always dis-satisfied with the cranberry sauce recipes I try, and thus alternate back and forth between canned and made. If this one disappoints, I'll try the merastra one, if I remember until next year, which I imagine I won't actually.
  • Roasted pear and arugula salad. I forget why this one; I think it was that I had "some sort of salad" on the list, and while spinach salad is traditional, there was the creamed spinach experiment already.
  • Rolls. Okay, I'm cheating and using those explosive biscuits that I hate opening because they always make me jump even when I know it's coming. Maybe I can declare opening biscuits, like squashing centipedes, to be a Guy Thing and make tirinian do it.
  • And the usual assortment of nuts and olives and pickles and things to be foisted on people in the afternoon, which is an odd family tradition of mine. Putting black olives on all my fingers and waggling them about is something I am sad I cannot do any longer, as my fingers will no longer fit. Maybe if I got those extra-huge green olives, but it just wouldn't be the same.
  • Pie from rifmeister and lovely wife.
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