Sunday, November 25, 2007

Monday? Already?

Thanksgiving dinner turned out well. I managed multiple ovens, burners and the mandoline with only one tiny third-degree burn, a tiny second degree one, and a single cut! Hey, that's a record. The food turned out great, especially the pastured turkey. Stuffing tasted great, but was the drier, fluffy kind, not the gooey kind most people are used to. (Sorry, Jen! Did it go okay?) But the best thing of all?

When we all sat at the table and held hands and said grace, then finished. My child looked up and said, "I like that! I want to do that again!" So, we all held hands again and I helped her through another short word of thanks. I don't care what's being served, that was the best treat of all.

The lesser surprise of the meal was that the favorite side was the cauliflower and chard gratin. It was easy and really good. As promised, here is the recipe for that, as well as the cranberry-applesauce that would go just as well on a Christmas table.

Cauliflower, Chard and Leek Gratin
Cranberry Applesauce
Looking for this recipe? It will be part of an upcoming book with Ali at Cleaner Plate Club.


jen said...

it turned out fantastic....all cornbready-bacony goodness. thanks to you.

and your day sounded really lovely. so glad to hear it.

Rob at Kintropy said...

Your "grace" story is really cute (and the gratin recipe sounds tasty - I'll give it a whirl myself).

A scientist in the kitchen said...

The crusted sprouts look lovely. I wish we have Brussels sprouts in the Philippines.

katiez said...

I have cranberries!!! Now to decide what kind of sauce...or how many kinds, to make. 5-spice powder - very interesting...
The gratin sounds lovely, too.
And only 2 small burns? Impressive!

Rachel said...

sounds really lovely - I did miss not doing Thanksgiving this year. Definitely next year.

BTW, I did a veg soup last night using your suggested mirepoix. Total winner.

REC(ession)IPES said...

I've been looking for a better cranberry applesauce recipe: this looks great!