Well, since I didn’t make a turkey for Thanksgiving but I had bought one at the store (with my Pick ‘n Save Turkey Perks reward no less!), I wanted to make the bird before I needed the space in the freezer for Christmas. Four days ago, I embarked on a path to making the bird today by putting it in the fridge to thaw. No salmonella in this house! It’s been in the oven for about two and a half hours now. The smells in the house are wonderful. To accompany the turkey, we’re having cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and dressing. I’m whipping up a turkey gravy right now using the neck and other exciting parts of the turkey. However, as Julia warned me, I will not be putting the liver inside the gravy…as it might cloud it! Sadly, every gravy I’ve ever had at family dinners definitely was cloudy. I’m not sure I’ll think it’s gravy.
To further my holiday spirits, I decided to plan my cookie baking season out today. Most of my grocery purchases were related to baking. I’m still on the hunt for crystallized ginger, orange marmalade, cardamom, hard fruit candies, and real vanilla extract. (All things I buy at places other than my main grocery store!) Can you guess what I’m baking? I’ll give you a hint: The ingredients listed aren’t all in one recipe! Christmas Cookie List 2012 is soon to follow.