I hosted Thanksgiving this year at my house and invited all of my family and any friends that didn't have a place to go. I love Thanksgiving! It is my favorite holiday because it is about food, family, friends and fun. No pressure like finding the perfect gift for that teenage nephew of yours :) (Hint, they only want money!)
I am thankful for having a family that while small in number, is large in personality and enjoys being together. I am extremely thankful that is has finally started raining, and raining hard! I do need to go up on my roof and clean out a gutter unfortunately, but I will wait until it dries out.
For Thanksgiving, I bought the largest turkey they had in the store because I wanted to make sure we had leftovers. At 26 pounds (about 12 kg) it was the largest turkey that I had ever cooked and I was worried about it getting done enough but not dried out. I usually do a wet brine, but this monster was too big for that. (See picture) So I used a dry brine based on an Ina Garten recipe. It worked out well and along with my convection oven and dry rub from a small spice shop in Murphys, it was one of the best tasting turkeys I have made.
Dry Brine and Gravy Recipe
|Beautiful Fall Colors from my window|
|Food Table - And drink table|
|One view of the table|