27 Nov 2012, 4:59pm

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Thanksgiving 2012

Hey everyone! Hope you guys had a wonderful holiday. I know I haven’t been around very much here, but I’m still around and taking pictures of my food! I have a lot of stuff sitting around on my computer and camera but haven’t actually had a moment to sit down and post something. I know, I know. Same excuses! It’s actually very hard to get back into the regularity of posting after such a large gap of time…but it’s never too late to start over, right? In any case, I figured my brother cooking his very first Thanksgiving turkey warranted a splashy post!

My brother’s been living out in Minnesota for several years now, but this was actually my first trip out there. I joked that I would come only if he “cooked something fabulous,” and though that obviously wasn’t the only reason for my visit, he came through quite impressively! The above turkey was the result, and it looked amazing! He used Alton Brown’s brine recipe, which apparently calls for no stuffing. I think Alton has something against it (but I don’t know what). I’m a firm believer in Alton’s recipes though, and I think it was a success! We didn’t really know what to do with the neck and gibblets, but we did cook down the carcass to make turkey stock afterward. I sat around the house the following day stirring the pot. :)

The rest of the meal after the jump.

Table setting, with cute pumpkin decorations.

Wine spritzer in a decanter. Light, refreshing and fabulous.

Creamed corn with rosemary and turmeric, also by Alton Brown. My brother was more proud of how this turned out than the turkey, and it was one of the first things to go the following day (when I ate leftovers for breakfast, lunch and dinner). Loved the rosemary, which added a nice fragrant note to the dish. I bought ingredients to it this week so I can try to recreate it.

Fresh cranberry sauce, made with honey, so not too sweet.

Homemade pickled beets! I definitely detected some dill in this.

Yukon gold whipped potatoes. My brother’s girlfriend made these, as well as:

Sweet yams, with brown sugar.

Leek mac and cheese. I usually make this with manchego, but the grocery store didn’t have any. I used a blend of white cheddar and some other white cheese that I don’t remember…

My brother roasted some veggies with olive oil and rosemary. Picture was taken before they went into the oven.

The dining room table was pretty small, so we set everything out on the kitchen island and served ourselves. :)

Gotta get a little bit of everything!

Leftovers! Man, I was so stuffed!

There was also rolls and an amazing homemade pumpkin pie (brought in by my brother’s girlfriend’s mom), but I must’ve been in a food coma because I sadly forgot to take a picture. :(

Needless to say, we all of us ate to our hearts’ content.

29 Nov 2012, 9:54am
by Tom Hendrickson


My compliments to the photographer. Made my mouth water.


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