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Thanksgiving: Is It Really Over?

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Leftovers, as taken by jwa to work on Friday morning.

Mostly pictures today, as I am mostly tired. I stupidly tried to go shopping with a bunch of other people and although the check-out line at Cost Plus was not bad, actually getting on the ramp to come home sucked.

basting
The final basting. It went back in the oven for about a half hour more after this.

Oh well. I’m home now and making turkey stock. Tonight, we are taking jwa’s parents to Wildwood. As far as last night’s dinner went, I thought it went well. I will say that the brussels sprouts are better when I can give them more attention. I steamed them ahead of time and although that saved a bit of time, I think they suffered a bit for it. C’est la vie, I’m not going to dwell on it.

gravy
Starting the gravy the night before. Turkey parts, thyme, onion and chicken broth

Note to self: Next year, only one vegetable side dish. Okay, that doesn’t include the mashed potatoes. Or the sweet potatoes, butternut squash and garlic. That just means just stick to the carrots and parsnips in the honey lemon glaze. That will work fine. Are you reading this future-self? Trust me.

pie
Pumpkin-orange-marscapone pie with amaretto cookie crust and bittersweet chocolate drizzle.

Cashews
Rosemary cashews to snack on

Before we sat down, I put out some veggies and dip, cheese and crackers and these awesome rosemary cashews. The recipe is from Ina Garten and it’s so good. You will want to make some to snack on as soon as possible.

Rosemary Cashews
1 1/4 pounds cashew nuts
2 tbsp coarsely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp dark brown sugar
2 tsp kosher salt (if you are using cashews that are already salted, reduce this to 1/2 a teaspoon or so)
1 tbsp melted butter

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Place the nuts on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes until they are warmed through. Meanwhile, combine the rosemary, pepper, sugar, salt and butter in a large bowl. Toss the warm nuts with the rosemary mixture until the nuts are completely coated. Serve warm.

They are slightly sticky when warm but you won’t care. As they cool, they get less messy. Just set out some napkins.

7 comments to Thanksgiving: Is It Really Over?

  • Whoa…..this is some great looking food….you were certainly a busy cook!

  • Joanne

    I made your Rosemary Cashews and they were loved by all.
    Thanks and I’ll be making them again.

  • The colors in that gravy are lovely — so rich and savory-looking. I can taste it.

  • It was sooooooooooo good! Thank you, Michelle! Edie

  • mlb

    Jann: Thank you! I was busy but it was fun too!

    Joanne: You’re welcome.Yep, I really love those too. I will be making them again also.

    Mimi: Thanks. It’s the America’s Test Kitchen/Cook’s Illustrated method, detailed here.

    Edie: You’re very welcome and thank you :) We really enjoyed having you all over for Thanksgiving!

  • DVD

    I’ve had a similar receipe made with hazelnuts (filberts)at the Farm Cafe in Portland, OR. It is a tremendous appetizer. Are there any nuts that wouldn’t benefit from this treatment?

  • Mary Starr

    I made these cashews last night as an appetizer for a birthday dinner for our daughter-in-law. The menu included an old-fashioned wedge of iceberg lettuce salad with chunky bleu cheese dressing, rosemary roasted pork loin with red wine risotto, roasted asparagus, and ‘Death by Chocolate’ bread pudding. The only recipe that was requested by my kids was the one for the cashews! I’ve emailed you web link to all my favorite ‘foodies’ – I share your love for the Daily Show and Arrested Development, along with your snarky view of Bobby Flay and Sandra Lee – are we, perhaps, twins, separated at birth????

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