I promise to be a wee bit less contentious in this post.
Greetings, everyone! And welcome to the Canadian Thanksgiving countdown!
(For those of you who don’t celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving, it doubles with Columbus Day…Monday.)
This will be the seventh year that I will be hosting Canadian Thanksgiving at my house. I try to blend as many of Josh’s mom’s and Oma’s recipes appropriate for the holiday with a few mainstays that sometimes don’t appear on our table at Thanksgiving. (“United States” Thanksgiving is held at my sister’s.)
I have shopped for most of the ingredients. I still have to procure a pumpkin pie (frozen or ready-made, I don’t care), carrots, and green onions. Tomorrow you will read of my hilarious and nearly catastrophic attempts to purchase said items while suffering from extreme exhaustion. (To the point of near-hospitalization or arrest for suspicion of being under the influence of something)
Here is the menu:
Turkey (A real bird…and not just the breast)
Stuffing (served as “dressing”; I have never stuffed a bird…Alton Brown taught me well)
Gravy (possibly homemade?)
Green bean casserole (from the French’s onion can…not the far superior Vintage Vicksburg version with water chestnuts, a pound of sharp cheddar cheese, and frozen Frenched green beans)
Jellied cranberry sauce (with the lovely tin can ridges and the gloop! sound as it evacuates the can)
Cranberry relish (I need to find my copy of the recipe or call my sister for it)
Yams Richard (Again, I need to find my recipe copy or call my sister for it)
Broccoli and cauliflower with my mother-in-law’s cheese sauce
Pillsbury crescent rolls (I was outvoted)
Spinach Madeleine (Dear Kraft: Thank you (not) for discontinuing production of the jalapeno cheese roll. I so (do not) appreciate it) from River Road Recipes, altered to allow for the use of Mexican Velveeta (instead of the far superior and no longer existent jalapeno cheese roll)
Pumpkin pie (Blech!)
Cruditees/Relishes: mini sweet pickles, mini sour pickles, carrot sticks, celery sticks, green onions, garden cucumber, black and green olives, and dip
Josh tea/soft drinks/punch (I’m going to do the cran-raspberry version again)
Nanaimo bars (Trust me; these are some of the best–and most fattening–things you will ever put in your mouth. With as much butter as is in the recipe, I’m amazed it didn’t originate in the South) I’ve found Bird’s custard powder at Albertson’s and Kroger in the “foreign” food aisle. It is usually near where Grey’s Chutney is located.
My plan was to get a lot of the make-aheads done this past weekend (which didn’t happen), so beginning on Friday, I will be bustling in earnest.
What are your plans for (Canadian) Thanksgiving?