There' another post on the board about all the horror stories from last week. The cup is always half full for me - what went right in your celebration? Share some fabulous dish you made that turned out great. Some inspiring story about how the turkey turned out golden brown and juicy after you brined it, etc. Let's focus on the positives.
We had some challenges this year as my DD is keeping kosher and my nephew only eats fish. We bought a kosher bird, which turned out to be "the best turkey in 25 years" according to my husband. The Today show listed this brand (Rubacheck??) as the #1 turkey on Wed 11-21, which was promising as I had picked it up the previous night. It does stand to figure correctly as the process of koshering a turkey, in addition to the ritual slaughtering method, consists of soaking and salting the bird, which is the original brining method. I gave it a massage with Fleischmann's margarine (no butter), basteed it with pomegranite juice and a dash of maple syrup. Stuffed cavity with Granny Smith apples, celery and onions. Started roasting on its back at 425 for 30 minutes, turned on breast and roast at 350 for 90 more minutes. Removed from oven at 165, covered with foil, let rest for 45 min.
The green bean casserole was a challenge to make without being able to use dairy. I used frozen French style beans (demand from family), made a sauce with Fleischmann's (unsalted = pareve), chicken stock, and some Coffee Rich (nondairy creamer, not my first choice, but needed to make nondairy). Sauteed fresh mushrooms, combined and covered with FF onion rings. Everyone gobbled this up which is amusing to me as I consider this such a pedestrian dish.
We like our dressing outside the bird and crispy on top. Did the traditional onion, celery and mushroom bread dressing. Acorn apple squash casserole also big hit.
The local kosher bakery, which I had never used, did an incredible job on the dinner rolls and pumpkin pie, considering none of it contained butter or dairy. We also had a chocolate babka coffee cake from them for the morning, not a drop left by 2 p.m. DD made the apple crumb paper bag pie another poster had shared on Thanksgiving desserts - great feedback. I made the chocolate cranberry tart from Bon Appetit, it was dairy, but delicious.
Our dysfunctional family, usually very ADHD, loud and heated, all managed to behave from 5-9 p.m. DD set a beauriful artistic table from chatckes she found laying around the house, as I had forgotten to order a flower centerpiece (horrors).
So what kinds of successes happened during your holiday?