Scott and I are not going to be together on Thanksgiving this year so I decided to do a pre-Thanksgiving last night so we could enjoy a meal of turkey together. He looked very suprised when I told him as I was cooking in the kitchen last night that we were having Thanksgiving dinner. When I asked him what he was thankful for he said for me (of course, duh), his health, for our ranch and our two little dogs. I couldn't have agreed more.
I have never cooked a Thanksgiving dinner before and I only made the things I enjoy on the big day. White meat turkey, lots of gravy (over everything), mashed potatoes, stuffing and cranberry out of a can. I didn't cook a whole bird just roasted a turkey breast, it yielded plenty of leftovers too. Scott is going to be home alone for a couple days so he will have lots of food to eat now while i am gone. I was most impressed with my gravy, it was delicious!
I cheated and bought the pecan pie. I decided last minute to do this Thanksgiving dinner so I really was running out of time. A local bakery made it though and once heated up and topped with soft gelato it was just fine.
We had an after dinner cocktail and it was the perfect ending to a lovely meal. I made a Nutty Russian, a play on a White Russian - Vodka, Frangelico and cream served over ice. Almost like a second dessert!
I have to admit I was quite proud of myself for pulling off a Thanksgiving meal in two hours and having no real experience ever doing so. I have to keep in mind cooking for two is much easier than cooking for 25 like my mom does but still I guess you have to start somewhere. I am very excited to head home and visit my parents, brother and sister today. Happy Thanksgiving to you all and safe travels!