Tuesday, November 24, 2009

cranberry sauce and other things

This past sunday morning was spent at the market gathering ingredients for my two contributions to the Thanksgiving table (potato soufflé and cranberry sauce), along with a jar of red pepper jelly to jazz up all those holiday platters of cheese and crackers. Have you ever noticed that at this time of the year complete strangers have a tendency to voluntarily confide in you the secrets of their holiday dishes? One woman, for example, leaned over to me and said that the key to her potatoes was the addition of puréed celeriac root. And a rather distinguished gentleman in a tweed jacket, with wicker shopping basket in hand, added that the only way to cook collard greens was in bacon fat. Oh, the camaraderie of cooks!

So, do spill ~ what's cookin' in your kitchen?

10 comments:

JBR said...

Bacon fat never hurts (except for vegetarians) - but greens cry out for ham hock!

The romantic query letter and the happy-ever-after said...

I'm Canadian so we've already had our Thanksgiving but cheesecake always.
Have a great holiday.

Anne said...

We picked up the turkey this afternoon!

Janet said...

JBR ~ ham hock...of course.

romantic query letter ~ I think Canadian Thanksgiving is so sensible...one has time to recover before the Christmas madness! So, happy belated...I hope the cheesecake was wonderful!

Anne ~ you are making my mouth water.

Blue said...

On Thanksgiving, kedgeree, rocket, pear and praline salad, champagne. Followed later in the day by tea for him, Dundee cake for us both, champagne for me. Thats as near as this none-meat-eater will get to a traditional Thanksgiving day. Maybe there'll be a good custard pie dusted with nutmeg for the evening. Not really an eater of birds.

little augury said...

little- la

home before dark said...

We have capon instead of turkey, too sweet potatoes(a mix of honey, grade b maple syrup, brown sugar and cinnamon with Jack Daniels!) stuffing, creamed corn (whipping cream reduced to half and butter added!) green beans with bacon, red peppers and onions, whipped potatoes for those who don't like their potatoes orange) and cranberry chutney which I made yesterday. Everything tastes better with just a hint of heat! Time to return to kitchen duty, but have a wonderful holiday.

Janet said...

Blue ~ your day sounds just marvelous, sans turkey et al. I must say, I wouldn't mind joining your for a piece of that custard pie.

little a ~ no dishes! Ha!

home before dark ~ my mouth is watering. Lucky are those who sit down to your table. Happy, happy!

pve design said...

I have jars to give - filled with home made chocolate sauce to pour over ice cream....
pve

Kristin said...

I can't believe Thansgiving is over. Sigh. Potato souffle? That sounds heavenly! I looooooove making cheesy vegetable casserole. It's sinfully unhealthy, but so delish!