This year I am staying home and making Thanksgiving dinner for four: myself, my husband Jeffrey, my Mother and my Cousin. Of course, the entire meal will (and must) be Gluten Free. Turkey is naturally so, but the rest has to be bought or made gluten free. I stick to the basics for dinner:
- Turkey – It’s naturally gluten free.
- Stuffing – I’m making some from scratch, breadcrumbs and all, using a recipe on line that promises it tastes just like stove top stuffing (my favorite stuffing.) I’m also making some from a mix I found in the store. We’ll have a taste test and see which is better.
- Mashed Potatoes – They’re naturally gluten free.
- Gravy – I ordered GF gravy mix from the interwebs because I couldn’t find any at the local grocery stores and I didn’t want to try to make it from scratch.
- Green Bean Casserole – I’m making this from scratch, including the cream of mushroom soup and the french fried onions.
- Cranberry Sauce – It’s naturally gluten free
- Rolls – I found 3 kinds of GF rolls, so I’m trying them all.
- Pies – I bought pre-made GF Apple, Pumpkin and Pecan pie. They just had to be baked.
I’m not doing appetizers, but I did make some Gluten Free Chex Mix. My Mom is making sweet potatoes. If I didn’t give her something to make, she’d have gone Mom-crazy on me and brought the whole damn dinner.
In an effort to make tomorrow easier, I pre-baked the pies; pre-made the french fried onions and cream of mushroom soup for the green bean casserole; pre-made the breadcrumbs, pre-chopped the veggies, and pre-measured the spices for the stuffing; and typed out a schedule of what to bake when.
Tomorrow morning, I’ll put the Turkey in the oven, then set the table and mix up some Poinsettias (Prosecco, Triple Sec and Cranberry Juice) before my Mom and Cousin arrive. Once they’re here, we’ll start a fire in the fireplace, then watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV, followed by Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving Special. We’ll have dinner around 1:00pm, then play games and have pie, coffee and cocktails. At least, that’s the plan.
For now, however, I’m relaxing with the dogs, watching a movie, and sipping a nice cup of hot tea, to be followed by a glass of wine before bed.
Happy Turkey Day Eve, all.