November 28, 2009

All Thanks We Give

Thanksgiving was a little different for me this year. I didn't host dinner at my house, and I didn't do much cooking. Although, the Friday before Thanksgiving we had a potluck Thanksgiving meal at work, and I brought the turkey and gravy and a dessert.

United had a sweet deal going during November, where if you spent $100 in the store, they gave you a coupon for a free turkey (up to 22 pounds). Here's the part you won't believe, I never spent enough to get a coupon. I haven't spent $50 in a single visit to United in months. I don't buy groceries or cook anymore, and it's pretty pathetic. So Mom gave me one of her turkey coupons, and I picked up a free turkey.

Roasted Turkey

I rubbed butter all over the turkey's skin, then sprinkled it with salt and pepper. Under the skin, I put more salt and pepper, plus some rosemary and orange and lemon zest. I am much better at carving turkey than I was the first time I roasted a turkey. Via NYTimes, a video on how to carve a turkey.

Turkey Lurkey

For dessert, I made a really simple recipe, Paula Deen's Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cakes - so easy, I feel guilty admitting to it.

Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake

This cake has legions of devoted fans. It was reviewed on by 2,141 people, with an average five-star review. Some of the reviews are a little morbid, though, with postings like "Pumpkin Pie is dead to me..." and "mom's favorite-before she died." Is that a recommendation or not?

Thanksgiving 2009

Lots of delicious food at Thanksgiving dinner with my family. I returned to my cake baking roots and made two desserts as my contribution:

Pumpkin Cheesecake Thanksgiving

Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake and the Chocolate Blackout Cake with Coconut Buttercream

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