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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Gluttony: My Favorite Deadly Sin

...though I'm also quite fond of Sloth and Lust. Anyway, I'm trying to give some love to my poor neglected blog here, so I've decided to post our menu for tomorrow's Thanksgiving dinner. It's just the two of us, plus Rob's mom and dad, so (believe it or not) we're trying to keep it relatively simple. ("Relatively" being the operative word, of course.) Rob's parents are bringing the wine, the bread, and the pumpkin cheesecake. We're making:

  • Roast goose (which we've done a couple of times before in past years)--allegedly free-range--with bread stuffing, to which I'm adding water chestnuts and apple.
  • Gravy. Of course.
  • Mashed sweet potatoes with caramelized leeks and butter (this is sort of an experiment)
  • Green salad.
  • Brown rice mixed with wild rice.

I'm very excited, though I'm still attempting to thaw the goose, which is sitting in water in the sink. The goose requires day-before prepping--you have to dip it in boiling water for 1 minute to dry and tighten the skin and then let it sit in the fridge for a day. I realized earlier that I already passed the 24-hours-ahead mark for that, but oh well. I don't think a few hours will be critical in this case. I need to wait for Rob, though, who is a lot less grossed out by raw poultry than I am. I don't know what's worse--the moist and flabby texture, or the grease it leaves on my hands. Still, it's worth it for the sheer gluttony which we will gratefully exercise upon this meal's consumption.

And, of course, there's the thankfulness. That's there. I just hate sounding sentimental.


TadMack said...

Pshaw. Sentiment. No one would ever accuse you of that.

Beth Kephart said...

I am amazed by the goose preparation tactics you have taken and hope your day was complete.

I read your banner, and I have to say: I love 10,000 Maniacs.

a. fortis said...

Thanks, Beth!! Actually, preparing a goose isn't really that much harder than preparing a turkey, except for the initial step of tightening the skin the night before. (And, according to my husband, carving it's no picnic!)

Mary Witzl said...

I made the mistake of coming here on an empty stomach. Now I'm lusting after mashed sweet potatoes and carmelized leeks and it's all your fault! I'm off to check out what the fridge has in it...

a. fortis said...

Hi Mary! The mashed sweet potatoes & caramelized leeks turned out really well--I'd highly recommend it.