I’m in full-on holiday mode these days. If it’s not writing about cookies for the Food Network and Cooking Channel blogs (today it’s macaroons–yay, Hannukah!–and pecan bourbon balls), it’s pondering upcoming festive dinners–Christmas, New Year’s, random dinner parties. You name it, I’m obsessing over the menu for it. It’s cold and rainy outside, but in my head, there are a thousand roasts roasting (alongside eleven ladies dancing, two turtle doves, etc. etc. etc.)
Hopefully all this forward-thinking will mean that I don’t do what I did on Thanksgiving, which was to order a turkey that was, oh, about 3 times the size we actually needed. What can I say? I’m excitable. I looked at the weight/person calculations about a zillion times, and then I went ahead and got a turkey that weighed almost 25 pounds, and we brined and stuffed it. Behold:It was madness. And leftovers, some of which The German Professor, who is a southern Californian by birth, turned into some very delicious turkey enchiladas. Because really, eleven people (one of whom is The Cheese-Hater, who ate, yes, a bagel for Thanksgiving dinner) don’t need twenty-five pounds of turkey. I chalk it up to holiday zeal.
Meanwhile, I am very busy loving The Tipsy Baker (who has her own turkey photos up–check it out!)
And in case you missed it, here’s the link to my Thanksgiving radio broadcast on the Brian Lehrer show here in New York. Given a listen and discover that a) I cook Thanksgiving dinner in my pajamas every year and b) why I like to throw dinner parties with The German Professor. And other things, too, of course.