Hi, I’m trying to write this blog post while my kids play in the same room. It’s not going well. So far I’ve answered 5 questions about what white blood cells do (thanks germ book) and I’ve nursed Arden twice. And I sat down to write this and then realized that Target has a 30% off sale today on a bunch of stuff that I ordered yesterday for only 15% off so I cancelled my order and reordered everything. So you know, really important things are happening over here. I usually write at night or during nap/quiet time but I decided to try this form of insanity today. Extreme blogging, or something like that.
Okay, back to what I’m here for- I wanted to drop in and give an update on our Thanksgiving menu and share a little more about me. We had a very nice, quiet Thanksgiving at home! The spatchcocked turkey turned out great! I would highly, highly recommend Zenbelly’s recipe! The dry brine was much easier than having to manage a big tub of raw turkey and our almost 13lb turkey cooked in under 2 hours! I also ended up making a cauliflower/celeriac mash and it was super tasty! I used this recipe and I think the addition of the celeriac gave the mash a much more potato like texture and the roasted garlic was a nice touch! Everett’s favorite Thanksgiving dishes were the cranberry sauce that he helped me make and the Grain Free Popovers from My Paleo Patisserie. I’ve made the popovers once before and I didn’t love them, but this time I used my blender to make the batter and they turned out great!
Hold please, my kids are screaming at each other.
Sorry, this is harder than I expected. Back to Thanksgiving, I also made brussels sprouts with a quick bacon jam. And I used a recipe from Ina Garten’s new cookbook Cook Like a Pro as the inspiration for our salad. I also made a delicious apple crumb pie and a chocolate pecan tart that were both mash ups from My Paleo Patisserie, Celebrations, and my own brain. I think I will work on the apple pie recipe to post for you guys before Christmas! The one thing that I want to improve on for next year is my gravy recipe. I used cassava flour as the thickener and I just don’t love the texture that it creates. I also don’t feel great when I eat cassava so I want to try something else next year.
So let’s talk leftovers! While I was already busy cooking on Thursday I decided to add a pot of chili to my checklist and I’m really glad that I did. We ate it for lunch that day so we weren’t all starving and cranky while we waited for the big meal and we had some non-Thanksgiving leftovers for the weekend. I also decided not to make stuffing on Thanksgiving, but I had loaf of good gluten free bread in the freezer and all the other ingredients to make the Apple Sausage Stuffing from Celebrations so I made that on Saturday for dinner and I feel like it was a great decision! We really didn’t need one more dish on Thanksgiving, but by the time Saturday rolled around we were starting to get tired of our leftovers and ready for something new (but not too new)- in comes stuffing to save the day! Then I made Zenbelly’s Turkey Pot Pie recipe to use up most of our leftover turkey on Sunday night.
Needless to say, I did a lot of cooking over the weekend and since Bryston was home to manage the hellians (I mean kids) it was great! I’ve loved to cook for as long as I can remember. While most kids were watching cartoons I was watching How to Boil Water and East Meets West on the Food Network (anyone else remember those shows?). As a teenager I spent many a weekend night watching Emeril Live and Iron Chef and now I spend most evenings watching The Great British Bake Off on Netflix. So what I’m telling you is that I’m a really interesting person. Also, if you haven’t watched The Great British Bake Off yet, what are you waiting for? It’s really the best thing on Netflix if you just need to feel happy and renew your faith in the goodness of humanity (or watch Queer Eye, that does the same thing with less cravings for baked goods).
I also have a thing for cookbooks (in case you couldn’t tell from my Thanksgiving recap). As someone who doesn’t like to have a lot of stuff around, I have a pretty good cookbook collection. I love a pretty cookbook and I typically use them more for inspiration than for actual recipes- although there are exceptions to that! I’m looking at you Zenbelly Cookbook. I almost always have a few cookbooks on my holiday wishlist and this year is no different. I’ve already pre-ordered Diane Sanfilippo’s new book Keto Quick Start and I have Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat on my Christmas list! I also pre-ordered Danielle Walker’s new book Eat What You Love that is launching next week and I can’t wait to flip through it! I already own and love Danielle’s first three cookbooks and our whole family loves her recipes. I’m giving you a big hint for a special giveaway that I’m going to host on Instagram next week so keep an eye out for more details!!
Wow, I actually made it through writing this, I should add a picture of what the playroom looks like behind me. We also had one time out and I’m pretty sure that my bedroom has some surprises in it. Thanks for reading, don’t forget to watch out for the giveaway, and Happy Holidays!!