Hodge Podge Kitchen

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Turkey and Gravy


This year, I was volunteered to provide the turkey on Thanksgiving with my in-laws. I didn't mind it too much except that I will have to transport this turkey to Benicia, and I didn't want the flavor of my turkey to be compromised in anyway. Well it turned out fine and I think the best compliments I got was from people telling me that they don't usually eat turkey but they ate mine that day. More importantly for me, this was the first time I made gravy from scratch. My first roux! I think it turned out really well and using the giblets before and turkey drippings after is totally worth the effort. Hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving as well....

Friday, November 24, 2006

Post Thanksgiving Notes

- The good thing about only being responsible for dessert is that I could only concentrate on one thing. (Pies!!) Since I'm really not much of a baker, it takes quite a bit a patience out of me. Four pies (two calzela, sour cream apple, blueberry & peach custard pie) and and a batch of cookies (pumpkin chocolate chips) later, I think I'll pass over the duty to Chris on Christmas.

- Being married means you have to figure out where to go for each holidays. My parents are usually okay with celebrating a day late to accomodate my brother and I to visit our in-laws. This year, my dad (the cook of the family) decided that since we all had turkey the day before, he will skip it. What will we be having this year? Chinese roast chicken, roast duck, roast beef, ham, baked pork chops and rice with tomato sauce, and crabs. We are all hoping there will be some vegetables in that menu somewhere...

- The thing about not cooking the Thankgiving dinner is that I have no leftover. And all the shows on Food network is all about leftover! I'm ready to go get a turkey just so I'll have leftover to play with.