Thanksgiving 2012

Oh man. Typing that out made me realize that it’s the LAST THANKSGIVING EVER SINCE WE ALL DIE SOON! I keep forgetting we’re all gonna die soon. You’d think it would be constantly weighing on my mind, as it’s kind of a big deal. I mean, what is it all for? Why are we all working? Why are we stressing on bullshit? Why aren’t we running naked through the streets, making love and doing drugs, punching people we hate and running away, telling people we hate to eat shit…..so much to do!!!

Anyhow.

Last year, I went a little nuts on Thanksgiving. We hosted John’s family at our home in Los Angeles and I was excited to really go BALLS-OUT ALL-OUT. Basically, if it looked good and had bacon in it, I made it. I EVEN MADE BACONLESS THINGS! I think over 15 dishes total…

 

And who could forget our first time deep frying a turkey…

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Oops sorry. That’s what it looked like when we SHOULD HAVE taken it out…

sigh.

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That’s more like it.

This year, we are going up to the mountains of Utah with the family and I’ve decided to keep it traditional. Bringing the classics. Last year, I completely overdid it and there was just too much food, plain and simple. Too much food that allllll kind of shared the same flavors. Lots of casseroles. Lots of potato dishes. Toooooo much everything.

As usual, I’ve rounded up my menu into a nice little list with links. Recipes are all chosen based on my extensive research of dish commenters and ratings. And by extensive research I mean holy fuck, sometimes they make me want to stab my eyeballs out. You can’t say you used cornstarch instead of flour because that’s all you had but you also didn’t have cream so you used cool whip…and you hate ham so you used horse manure then give the recipe one star. What the fuck is that shit, are people bonkers? So after sifting through that kind of shit, I think I came up with a winning menu.

Anyhow, my picks for this year after the jump!

alton brown deep fried turkey (if you are roasting, you MUST look up Alton’s recipe for roasted turkey)…………..http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/deep-fried-turkey-recipe/index.html

cranberry sauce ……………http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/perfect-cranberry-sauce-recipe/index.html

roasted turkey gravy…………………http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/roasted-turkey-gravy-recipe/index.html

green bean casserole (award. winning.)……………http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/not-your-mamas-green-bean-casserole-recipe/index.html

garlic mashed potatoes (I will use red potatoes, skin on, and leave a little chunkier)………….http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/garlic-mashed-potatoes-recipe/index.html

creamed corn……………….http://www.bluebonnetsandbrownies.com/2011/08/07/rudys-creamed-corn-recipe/

collard greens (I hate collard greens. I’ve only had them VERY vinegar-y. John is in charge of this and has the challenge of making me enjoy them………. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/collard-greens-recipe/index.html

stuffing…………STOVE TOP NO REGRETS NO SHAME IT’S MY FAVORITE 

cornbread……….John ONLY likes Jiffy boxed mixes of cornbread. If I get boxed stuffing, he gets his boxed Jiffy.

mac and cheese……….duh………http://www.marthastewart.com/348566/john-legends-macaroni-and-cheese

deviled eggs……….I think I’m the only one in the world that can eat 20 in a sitting……….http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/traditional-southern-deviled-eggs-recipe/index.html

banana pudding (ALWAYS)…………..http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/not-yo-mamas-banana-pudding-recipe/index.html

sweet potato pie……………..http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/old-fashioned-sweet-potato-pie-recipe/index.html

peach cobbler……………..http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/easy-peach-cobbler-10000000257827/

phew.

So what’s your deal? Where ya goinnnnnn, what are you making? Let  me know if there is something I should add to this! I definitely feel like I could have another veg in there…..

XX!

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