Surely you didn't think I would miss posting this, given my terrible track record of posting actual food this year? I know I've been neglectful, but that doesn't mean there hasn't been food, just that there hasn't been inspiration.
Thanksgiving is always inspirational, of course, if for no other reason than the sheer scale of it. As it stands now, I will have at least 18 real people plus 3 babies, and possibly as many as 24 real people plus 3 babies. Yes, I know babies are people, but they're cute, not fussy, and don't care what you feed them. Line my table with babies, please....
My oldest son and his wife are taking their kids to her mother's house down south, so they're stopping here the weekend before Thanksgiving for 2, 3 or 4 days (see? everything's fluid around here). And Patrick is leaving Arizona on the redeye Friday night, so he'll be here Saturday morning. Accordingly, my menu planning starts a week early, and includes an early feast.
The "week of" is stuffed, too; the number beside the date includes my estimated census. It could increase by 2 to 7 people, depending upon the day, between Sunday and Wednesday.
And, the list I know you all love to laugh at: What Will Marjie's Restaurant Supply House Bring? Start with 2 jumbo fresh turkeys and let your imagination run wild.
(Preview of the turkey bibs: cut out, but not really there):
Happy Weekending, everyone! Get ready for that turkey!