Last night J and I did our first round of Thanksgiving shopping. J decided to buy a Cook's Illustrated to try their pumpkin pie recipe. Even though Cook's Illustrated are sticklers for following the recipe EXACTLY, I declined on buying a thing of whole milk when we had 2% at home. Although that guy with the bowtie will probably have me shot, I told J that we could just increase the amount of cream the recipe called for and decrease the amount of milk. If the pumpkin pie turns out badly it's all my fault. I think there's something in my genes that requires that I fiddle with a recipe. I've already made a change on the Thanksgiving menu, going from the apple tartlets to a totally scrumptious looking pear-cranberry tart we found in Fine Cooking. But even to that I made a change, substituting the brandy and walnuts in the recipe for almonds and amaretto.
So here's the schedule for Thanksgiving:
Friday - buy spices at the Yes Natural Market (spices in bulk are cheeeeeep!)
- roast a chicken and make chicken stock
- make crust for pumpkin pies
Saturday - make pecan bars
- buy tart pan and roasting pan
Sunday - Hopefully before the end of the weekend J will pumpkin pies
Monday - Make corn pudding and freeze
Tuesday - Make griddle cakes and freeze
Wednesday - Buy green beans and fresh turkey
- Make pear-cranberry tart
6:30 am - Wake up and get to the Metro by 7:00 am
7:30 am - Meet Uncle Tim and Auntie Em at Turkey Trot
8:00 am - Warm up for said Turket Trot
8:30 am - Hopefully run Turkey Trot in under 30 minutes
10:30 am - Come back home
2:00 pm - Prepare stuffing. Prep turkey.
2:30 pm - Shove turkey in the oven.
3:00 pm - Set table. Make prepare pears and cheese to top griddle cakes.
4:00 pm - Blanch green beans
5:45 pm - Stick the corn pudding in the oven to warm. Warm up griddle cakes.
6:00 pm - Plate griddle cakes. Make cranberry-apple cocktail. Guests arrive.
6:30 pm - Take turkey out of the oven and let rest. Warm food that everyone else brought.
7:00 pm - dinner is served. Gorge.
For anyone who cares here's my playlist for the 5k
Do Your Thing - Basement Jaxx
Wild Night - John Mellencamp and that women who has ''' in her name
Dancing Queen - Abba Teens
Hey Ya - Outkast
Move This - Technotronic
Jump (for my love) - Pointer Sisters
Life is a Highway - Rascal Flatts
Flithy/Gorgeous - Scissor Sisters
The Mary Tyler Moore Theme Song - Joan Jett