As promised, here is the post with all the details of our post-Thanksgiving throwdown, although I'm not really sure why we deemed it a throwdown since there wasn't really a competition involved? Oh well, not important.
We had been planning our menu since probably the beginning of October (obsessive much), so needless to say, we were very excited to get in the kitchen and make some culinary magic. One look at the menu below and you'll see we had our work cut out for us. But not to worry, we were more than up for the task.
Thanksgiving Throwdown Menu: 2009 Edition
lemon herb roast turkey
savory bread stuffing with pears and cranberries
sweet potato souffle
garlic and chive mashed potatoes
roasted green beans w/goat cheese and caramelized onion
homemade cranberry sauce
upside down pear cake
Once the drama of the morning's events had blown over (see post below if you're not privy to my tale of getting lost in the woods), we cranked up the ovens, popped open the bubbly (because what's cooking without its rewards), donned our aprons and blared the Christmas tunes...not necessarily in that order.
Naturally, cooking and baking to the tune of Mariah Carey really puts us in the dancing spirit (it doesn't take much, does it?), so twas necessary to take a teensy weensy break to sing (and dance) our little hearts out. I kind of can't believe I'm actually posting this video. Apparently, I have no shame.
If that video didn't make you laugh, I don't know what will. I'm currently laughing at myself as I reply it. On second thought, maybe I should remove it from this post...
After our break, it was back to business. We cooked up a storm for a good four to five hours, but much like our impromptu dance breaks, we also found time for the obligatory photo session outdoors. Here are some of my favorites.
And finally, the moment you've all been waiting for: the big reveal of our 2009Thanksgiving Throwdown sumptuous spread. Not only do pictures follow, but view the video below for the food tour narrated by the illustrious China doll.
After helping myself to seconds (and thirds), I think I decided my favorites were the turkey and the savory bread stuffing, in case you were wondering. The night was capped off with generous pieces of pear cake and pumpkin pie whilst playing a very disappointing game of Scrabble. I lost miserably, but when it comes to that wretched game, a loss for me is pretty much par for the course.
However, despite my lackluster performance at forming words, the Thanksgiving Throwdown surpassed my expectations and was the highlight of my Thanksgiving break. Thank you to the fousins for throwing down with me and thank you Aunt Linda and Uncle Chris for indulging our inner chefs and providing the supplies for our succulent meal. I hope you enjoyed the fruits of our labor!
So to all you awesome cooks out there, keep doing what you do, but ask yourself this: are you ready for a (Thanksgiving) throwdown?