Some ideas and recipes for Thanksgiving, as you are planning...

Several years ago, we started breaking up Thanksgiving into two meals--lunch (nap) then dinner.

I like to do lots and lots of courses, and we found we couldn't eat it all at one sitting. Recipes follow...
we start with a cheese course, that we eat while I am shucking oysters.

We have 14 people coming this year, and unfortunately, despite trying hard to convince them they did not like them our kids like oysters, so this takes a while.
Next course is oysters with cranberry mignonette. (cranberry is the dominant theme here).

After that, we move onto a salad. I do a watercress salad with duck confit, pears, bleu d'auvergne, pickled red onions, and a cranberry vinaigrette.
The addition of this salad, which is SOOO good is what made it necessary to add the break/nap. It's just too rich. So now is when we break for football, which usually devolves into nap time.
After nap, we move to the artichoke soup from Guy Savoy. It is truly incredible. You also don't really need to truffles. I don't know if there is something wrong with me, but I can't taste truffles. I only smell them.
While making this, the leaves get discarded, so usually I make a lemon aioli that people will use to dip those, and have a sort of second appetizer.
Now we're onto the main event. Most people don't like Turkey. I do. Because I brine it. If you brine it over night, it truly is a wonderful thing. Any standard brining recipe will do. Don't overcook it--check the thermometer frequently, take out when it reaches 155.
For sides, we do my step-father's rice dressing. Roy is from Louisiana, and his mother had the good sense when she re-married, to marry a Cajun man. This rice dressing is to die for. Stuffing will become a dirty word to you after you eat this. moestestkitchen.blogspot.com/2009/11/pockey…
For sides we do mashed carrots, with mint and orange. The texture is simply wonderful. For other meals, I add toasted cumin seeds to give a more middle eastern flavor. moestestkitchen.blogspot.com/2013/12/mashed…
We don't bother with gravy, just cranberry sauce. Quite simple. Just take a standard package of cranberries, 1 cup OJ, 1/2 cup sugar. Boil till bubbly. Done. Make lots of extra for sandwiches.
Now, while I wish I could invite you all for Thanksgiving, I know you all have other plans. BUT, I would love it if you would join us for our holiday event the next week :)

Happy Thanksgiving! Hope to see you on 12/4

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