I was so busy with cooking and serving that I didn't take any photos on Thanksgiving Day. I'm so disappointed that I didn't! Meh! We had a lovely day, and here is our menu:
Cajun Fried Turkey Breast
Smoked Turkey Breast in the Big Green Egg
Hericot Vert and Hearts of Palm Salad
Sweet Potato Casserole
Jack Daniels Pecan Pie
If you want to try making real southern dressing for Christmas, here is the very best, simple recipe:
1 (8 inch) cornbread (white cornbread is best)
4 slices white bread
Chicken Broth (32 oz box)
3 medium onions, finely chopped
4 stalks celery, finely chopped
Salt and Pepper
3 eggs, beaten
Preheat oven to 350.
Break-up cornbread and white bread with your fingers. Combine chicken broth, white bread and cornbread. The broth should just come to the top of the bread and cornbread mixture. Let soak until mushy. Cook onions and celery in a saucepan with water to cover until done. Pour everything including water over the cornbread mixture. Add salt and pepper if desired. Add eggs to the mixture. Pour in a 13 X 9 X 2 inch pan, and bake at 350 until done.
Yield: 8 - 10 servings
I prefer Alabama King white cornmeal for my cornbread. You can buy it pre-made if you like. I always make mine a couple of days ahead to save time.
Use jumbo or extra large eggs.
I don't normally leave the house on Black Friday. I like to decorate for Christmas and chill. But Shanley Belle received an email about Barnes & Noble's special on Black Friday: 100 signed books by top writers. We were psyched, and hoping our local store would stock some of our favorites. We set our alarms, and arrived 15 minutes before the store opening, and we were expecting long lines for these signed special editions….I mean, surely every nerd in Birmingham would be there, right?!?!?
Wrong. There was another dad there with his two teenage daughters who wanted signed YA books, and Shanley and I. That's it. We were lucky that we bought several signed editions, the very ones we wanted.
I took down all autumn/Thanksgiving decor on Saturday, washed and ironed Thanksgiving linens, and did the same for our Christmas linens. Then I decorated our tree and and the house for Christmas. Shanley and Trip went to the Alabama/Auburn game, and Shelley and I stayed home. We were tired, but I worked until 2AM, so I should have gone to the game because I didn't rest at all!
Here's a little look at our Christmas decor: