Since I’m not furiously cleaning the house for guests for the first time in a while, I’m very happily available for photo opportunities, so I thought I’d share some of my No Turkey But None of that Vegetarian Crap Thanksgiving For Two preparations.
This blog, unlike my kitchen, is a no schmaltz zone.
Brining chicken with lemon and herbs de Provence that are actually de Langedoc (thanks, Rama!)
My counter after the brine bag opened and spilled all over it, necessitating an emergency clear and bleach and reoiling of the cutting board (o what tasks can be tasked if you aren’t having guests on Thanksgiving!). Hm, maybe we should consider a vegetarian No-Turkey Day after all…
Freezer yields reserves for the gravy stock.
Counter back in business, guest-starring two ruby pears picked and delivered by my neighbor, who requested only a sheet of parchment paper, four cloves, and 1/2 cup of corn oil in return. Vinaigrette by Retrogrouch. Defrosting fresh cranberry juice for my Thanksgiving vodka-cran…come to Mama.
Oven in action: wild rice stuffing with wild mushrooms, chicken leg confit, chestnuts, hazelnuts, and wild mushrooms; bratwurst that I am pretending is kielbasa, and butternut squash with truffle butter.
Eating kabocha wild rice soup for lunch.
Spinning mesclun mix.
Masses of Brussels sprouts yearning to be free.
Bread and wild rice stuffing with local dried cranberries, chicken confit, and leeks waiting for the oven.
Testing pumpkin pie.
Thank you for your participation in our Thanksgiving meal, and hope yours was delightful!