November 23, 2011

In America: The Day Before Thanksgiving... Preparation!

Cooking down the cranberries for use in the Cranberry Apple Pie

It's the day before Thanksgiving in America and many people are in the kitchen doing some of the prep work and/or baking to prepare for a day of blessings and thankfulness tomorrow;  shared with their friends and family.

This year is a very strange, odd and rather sad year for me in that it's just the three of us.  Our recent move to Alabama places us 1000 miles from not only extended family, but two of our own kids as well!   Even though we are paring the size of the turkey down to accommodate fewer eaters, the traditional foods and fare will be on our menu.  This year I'm mixing it up a little by changing the apple pie to 'cranberry apple' with a layer of delicious and brightly colored cranberries on the bottom and therefore incorporating this traditional side dish into a fabulous dessert.

Cheese Tray with various imported and smoked cheeses

Roasted Turkey
Mashed Potatoes
Green Bean Casserole
Cheesy Corn
Double Layer Pumpkin Pie
Cranberry Apple Pie

Wine and Sparkling Grape Juice

Making the pies

Simmering a delicious broth for use in the gravy
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