It's all about the turkey... This was my first true Thanksgiving holiday celebration with my husband. The first year we did Thanksgiving in the Caribbean and had lobster, last year we participated in a half-marathon and were entirely too exhausted to cook anything at all... so this year, we decided to have a real and traditional Thanksgiving. I must admit, I'm a bit out of practice and in some areas, completely unseasoned when it comes to traditional Thanksgiving cuisine.
On Tuesday, I bought a 12-pound frozen turkey, a bottle of Amarone and a pound of green beans. That was all I could handle in the busy and crowed stores. I left the rest of the items on the list for my husband to pick up on Wednesday (and some on Thanksgiving morning). On Wednesday I defrosted the turkey - I had to research the proper way to do it - by giving it a cold water bath for 4 hours, changing the water every half-hour and flipping the bird. Looking at this picture, I see why people usually post photos of the turkey in its ready to eat form, but I wanted to document the entire experience.
By Thursday morning my turkey was ready to be seasoned. Along with the usual ways of prepping the bird, we filled it with fruit and herbs to keep it moist and give it a good flavor, we also rubbed the outside with oil and coated it with salt and pepper. Even though I usually follow a pescatarian diet, I decided the turkey looked too good not to have a small piece, and yes it was well worth it... very moist and delicious.
Now that a successful Thanksgiving holiday has been had, I am ready for the Christmas season! We bought our tree on Thanksgiving afternoon and today I tossed the gourds and pumpkin that have decorated my entryway since before Halloween and trimmed our tree.