For thanksgiving dinner, we cooked (and ate) an insane amount of food. There were traditional cheasapeake bay crab cakes, herby oyster and bacon stuffing with duck gravy, seared duck breast with a cranberry, pommegranate, and red wine sauce; there were brussels sprouts with spiced walnuts, bleu cheese, and bacon deglazed with red wine vinegar. There was also spinach gratin, and homemade rosemary clover rolls. For dessert we stayed with traditions and ate homemade pumpkin pie and whipped cream. Be sure to check back over the next week or so as we go through these dishes on-by-one, giving recipes, ratings, and pictures for each!
Maybe not the best place to walk with your luggageA: OOOOF! my god, was that a filling meal or what?
T: it was damn filling. There’s no other time when we eat… 1.. 2… 6 dishes in one meal, plus desert, plus beer. That’s a lot of eating.
A: damn straight it is. i was reading an article on slashfood that was suggesting ways to lighten up the standard american Thanksgiving dinner. I just found that outrageous… it’s supposed to be a day of total bounty. Not a day to lighten the load. I personally only eat one (sometimes two) meals this size a year. Lets leave the calorie counting for the other 364 days.
T: right-o! I was just thinking, I wonder what is less healthy, a huge meal like this, or a California Burrito. What’d you think?
A: hmm… well, the california burrito certainly wins on the most cholesterol, but as far as calories are concerned, i’d have to say t-day wins.
T: well, as I see it there’s nothing wrong with calories, as long as they get burned. So I’m going to say Thanksgiving dinner was a step toward healthy-eating for me.
A: heheheh silly boy. i think our photo is a slight bit misleading… neither of us actually ate the entirety of our plates! not to say we didn’t stuff our faces, but…
T: we also ate a decent amount before we got started on our official meal, let’s not forget.
A: i definately did have to “taste” throughout the cook-fest to make sure everything was seasoned correctly but in our caloric defense, the only thing other than the meal i ate for the whole day was a 100 calorie granola bar.
T: So how’d you rate the meal?
A: i have to say i was quite pleased with the outcome of my labors… I give thanksgiving dinner, as a whole, a 4.7/5. The crab cakes were spot on, the duck was yummy, the stuffing was… well you get the picture, i don’t want to say too much since we’re going to see each item in-depth very soon.
T: yeah, you were feeling it yesterday. everything you made was unbelievable. I couldn’t believe my mouth. I rate the meal overall a 4.8/5. Each item was so good that we have to give each one its time in the spotlight. I think I’m going to eat some pumpkin pie now.
A: breakfast is the perfect time of day for pumpkin pie! hmm… anytime of day is the perfect time for pumpkin pie!
T: quite true! Ok, so we’re going to Palm Springs for a night, but check back soon because over the next week we will be detailing each of these wicked dishes, one by one. Till then, we leave you with this picture of a guy walking by the water. I don’t know why he chose this route for carrying his luggage, but it was a mistake. A hilarious mistake.