All posts tagged: Thanksgiving

Roast | Chicken

I never thought to brine anything. I often don’t want to add an extra step to what should be terribly easy, like a roasted chicken.  But, it was Thanksgiving and turkeys in this country can run about $80 and you can absolutely forget about finding an organic turkey.  So I thought that I’d treat my little non-GMO, non-antibiotic chickens with some respect. I brined the little guys and the meat simply fell right off the bone after roasting. This chicken was ahhmazing. So if you are looking to make your chicken a bit more special, think about a simple brine. You only have to plan ahead overnight. And, if you’re like me, that’s about as far in advance as I can think about dinner. Also of note, I don’t have a roasting pan so I used onions to prop up the birds. The drippings make the most unbelievable gravy if you so choose. I served the onions on the side with the chicken. Ingredients:  2 (2-3 pound) whole chickens. NOTE: Chickens in Korea are infinitely smaller …

Thanksgiving | 2014

Oh, Thanksgiving! The food is good. The company is better.  The drinks are fabulous.  It’s a true holiday and we had a great one in my tiny apartment. I spent the week preparing for the meal and really busted a lot out on Friday after work. I cooked all day Saturday and cleaned and tried to keep the cats off the table.  But, it was a excellent evening, worth all the hard work. And after the bell tolled 12, I dropped like a brick into sleep. I’ll be posting  individual posts with recipes. Anything could be used again for Christmas…ohhh….Christmas!  Time to get started with those decorations. 😀

Thyme | Pull Apart Rolls

This has been blowing up on my old food blog (4 whole people liked it), East Meets West Tennessee, so I thought I’d share it here! Brought to you by Thanksgiving 2014…dare to remember here! Thyme Pull Apart Rolls Why is making bread so satisfying?  It’s like I look at it and can’t believe I made that.  It’s amazing.  This was a winner for my Thanksgiving Day table but the great thing is I only made half of them and stored the other half in the freezer.  I sometimes just open it up and stare longingly at the log of frozen dough and dream about the day that I pull them out, defrost them, bake them and eat them all by myself.  It will be a good day.  A good day. Adapted from: MyRecipes.com  Ingredients 1 1/2 cups warm whole milk 1 package (2 1/4 tsp.) active dry yeast 2 tsp sugar  2 tsp salt 3 tbs chopped chives 1/2 tbs dried thyme 3 large eggs, at room temperature  7 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled, divided About 5 1/4 cups flour 1 teaspoon coarse sea …

Reminiscing | Thanksgiving 2013

  Last Thanksgiving was wonderful (except for my ever present sinus infections) because almost all my plans came to fruition. I was very happy with the state of my cooking and deco. So happy, in fact, I neglected to take many pictures of the food.  It wasn’t until I was stuffed and watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation that I realized my photos were poo. I won’t make that mistake this year but I will be making beaucoup plans again. Since so many things worked out last year the menu will be very similar with some additions! Enjoy last years warmth and fun through these pictures! I can’t wait to show off the full spread this year as well! Mains Roasted Chicken (turkey is crazy expensive here) Spanish Tortilla, brought by Mikey’s lovely girlfriend. Thyme pull apart rolls, I substituted thyme for chives Glazed carrots Garlic and chive mashed potatoes Sweet Potato Medley (a baked mix of sweet potato, walnuts and cranberries with brown sugar and butter)  Baked acorn squash  Gravy Green Bean casserole, Starters Cheese Brie, English …