Norris Thanksgiving 2014

Hello, readers! How was your Thanksgiving?

We had a simple Thanksgiving just us this year—our first Thanksgiving as a married couple! 

Norris Thanksgiving

We started cooking on Wednesday by making whole wheat loaves and cornbread for the stuffing. I used this recipe from How Sweet It Is for the whole wheat bread and this recipe from Mark Bittman for the cornbread. Ryan got off work a bit early, so we went out to see Mockingjay. I thought it was so well done and we really enjoyed it. We also brined the turkey using a simple salt, garlic pepper, sage, and chicken broth brine. 

Yesterday we went for an easy two mile run with Charlie to get some exercise before cooking and eating. It started to snow right when we got back from the run so later we went for a walk together to enjoy the snow.

Norris Thanksgiving

We have a yearly tradition of watching Star Wars on Thanksgiving, and this year we went all-out and watched the entire original trilogy. Just in time for the new trailer that was released today! 

Since it was just us, we ate our Thanksgiving meal as dinner. I loosely followed Pioneer Woman’s traditional stuffing (I used half as much butter and ground sage instead of fresh parsley), How Sweet It Is’ Lightened-Up Fresh Green Bean Casserole with homemade breadcrumbs, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, simple cranberry sauce (made with 8 oz of fresh cranberries, 2 tablespoons of water, and 3 tablespoons of sugar cooked over the stove for 10-15 minutes), and homemade gravy. 

Norris Thanksgiving

For the turkey, we followed the roasting method from Alton Brown’s Good Eats Roast Turkey recipe. Before roasting it, we basted it with 1/2 cup of butter melted with salt, garlic pepper, and ground sage. We had bought our turkey on Saturday and started thawing it in the fridge right away. The combination of a slowly-thawed turkey, the brine, and Alton Brown’s roasting method rendered the juiciest and tastiest turkey we’ve ever made. 

Norris Thanksgiving

For the pie, I used the all-butter pie crust recipe from Smitten Kitchen and adapted Alton Brown’s pumpkin pie recipe. The pie was honestly so good that I’m going to share my adapted recipe with you next week! 

Norris Thanksgiving

Charlie, of course, consumed roughly his bodyweight in turkey. We didn’t even bother giving him dry food, but just set his bowl by the table and gave him turkey so he could eat Thanksgiving with us. Not that he’s spoiled at all. 

Question of the Day:
How was your Thanksgiving? What did you make this year?

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