Well, I truly thought the hardest part of Thanksgiving would be cooking my turkey. Turns out, that was easy. Dealing with an exploding toilet at 11 p.m. with only one bathroom and ten people in the house, a near-criminal 24-hour plumbing bill, and fighting with my husband in front of his family all proved to be much more difficult than any cooking challenge. Yes, I turned into my mother, but I suspect I was much worse than my mother as I also had some personal stuff going on as well. All in all it made for a rough holiday for me and one that I wish I could redo.
But back to the food. The hardest part of preparing dinner was trying to keep the food warm for everyone (particularly when your husband spends the entire visit playing video games in the basement until you have to pull him aside to plead for help)! But luckily my in-laws are very gracious and easy to please when it comes to entertaining. Some of my favorites including some things I did not make like Strawberry Pretzel Salad and cole slaw from my mother in law. As for my dishes, I think the string bean casserole, stuffing and mashed potatoes all turned out quite well.
The good news is that I finally had the confidence to buy my first full chicken for a lovely roasted chicken dinner that I plan on making sometime this week (will blog about that later)…Once you’ve cooked a turkey, a small chicken seems rather easy. Or we shall see…