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November 25, 2010
No blogging until Monday around here - US readers will mostly be taking today off for Thanksgiving, and people around the rest of the world have learned not to expect too much out of America on this day. My chocolate pecan pie preparation worked flawlessly (well, it looks flawless - we'll put it to the test this afternoon), and a home-made pumpkin pie is next to it.
My next job is getting a turkey underway. For some years now, we've cooked a kosher one, because the salt treatment they get really seems to help. (You can brine one at home, if you have space to store the bird, which is a marginal proposition around here most years). Many of the kosher turkeys do need a bit of minor re-plucking before cooking, though, so you have to be ready for that.
We have several traditional side dishes, but add some Iranian rice, like morasa polo, which fits in perfectly. And we have my Iranian mother-in-law's stuffing recipe, an excellent but decidedly non-Iranian mixture involving bread, onions, celery, cranberries and pepperoni. We'll make some mashed potatoes, the kids have requested stuffed mushrooms, I generally make some green beans seasoned with country ham, and we'll pan-roast some Brussels sprouts. My wife makes the cranberry sauce, and we'll have some gravy, too.
So no, I'm not going to be good for much useful work today. And tomorrow I'll eat it all again, so I hope no one's expecting much from me then, either. A happy Thanksgiving to everyone who's celebrating it!
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