- 1 1/2 cups kosher salt
- 1 Onion cut into large chunks
- 6-8 Bay leaves
- Sprigs of rosemary, thyme & sage
- 10 black pepper corns
- 1tsp or so of Mustard Seeds
- 2-4 cloves of garlic ( I meant to put this, but forgot!
- 24 cups cold water
Friend arrived early to help, watch A Christmas Story and keep each other company until the food was ready. Garth made an amazing trifecta of mashed potatoes: garlic mash, fennel mash & rutabaga & carrot mash.
I swear this photo is taken every year!
During the cooking we decided we should take Thanksgiving Portraits. I think we really only got Garth & Niegel:
At one point I turned around to find my official Thanksgiving decorating committee raiding my room to make a beautiful display for the food. For some reason we always drag my dresser out to act as a kind of buffet. It looks quite charming with food all over it, I have to say, but I try not to imagine my socks and unders though! Kj & Niegel realy went to town with my trees, candles and even an old empty picture frame. (Check out the FLickr Set for more photos!)
Then came the FOOD!
- Herb Roasted Turkey
- Brussel Sprouts with Lemon & Walnuts
- Roasted Cauliflower
- Pumpkin Gratin
- Pomegranate Carrots
- Cranberry Sauce
- Sweet Potato Pie
- Mac & Cheese
- Garlic Mash
- Fennel Mash
- Rutabaga & Mash
- Buttermilk Biscuits
- Apple Pie
This years experiment: pomegranate carrots. First I cooked the bigger guys in a bit of butter. Then I added the baby ones and let them cook a bit. Then I added freshly made pomegranate juice made by tossing the seeds in my food processor and straining. I let this cook, then added some stock and brown sugar. It thickened a bit, but tried adding a little flour/butter mix to make the sauce more gravy like. I think next time I'll skip the flour adding. The dish was a savory alternative to candied carrots. Not my favorite, but a general thumbs up was given.
The next day was a riot. Everyone showed up again to lounge and work together eating left overs. Here we all are each on a computer. We spent a lot of time playing online scrabble! I think it's about 3pm here and I'm still in my nightgown!
We finished up our Brooklyn Thanksgiving with a rooftop photo shoot.