Post-Thanksgiving food ratings for other holiday dinners

Our Thanksgiving Table... missing a few chairs

Thanksgiving turned out fantastically. Again we had TONS of food, not really due to our own prolific-ness, but that of E’s father who is a very good cook. He even made a smoked turkey breast (I know!)

Tom Colicchio’s Herb Butter Turkey … turned out nice and herby but still a little on the dry side which may just have more to do with our finicky oven than anything else. Next year I’m thinking butterflied (or spatchcocked. Such a lovely word!)

Arugula, Pear and Goat Cheese Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette … This was delicious. The shallot dressing really pulled everything together nicely even though E decided he doesn’t really LIKE pomegranates and also forgot to add the pistachios. (It would be good with a different red fruit like strawberries, I think.) It was still a nice contrast to the heaviness of the rest of the food.

Cranberry-Ginger Chutney …Perfect and really simple. I will make this every opportunity I have

Walnut Bourbon Pie… Adapted from this recipe except replace the dark corn syrup with brown sugar. This was only OK this year— I’m not sure what went wrong (too many walnuts? Not very good crust?) but I will experiment for and let you know.

Vanilla Ice Cream ….soooooo rich. Almost too rich. Next time I plan to cut down on the number of egg yolks I use in the custard. But boy was it dreamy. We decided not to add any burbon at the last minute because it tasted so good already.

Julia & Jacque’s Deglazing saucewe didn’t end up making this, but it IS damn tasty.

My mom’s bread stuff with apples and sausage…similar to this recipe…. was excellent again. Recipe coming posthaste!


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