Last night, I whipped up some veggie stock and then turned that into a nice brine for the birdy. Then I stayed up too late watching recorded episodes of Battlestar Galactica and House.
Been up since 8:30 preparing for turkeyday 2k6... the neck and giblets of the turkey were still a wee bit frozen to the inside of the bird, so I played Ldy Fights Godzilla Turkey until it relented. It's been brining since about 9:15.
There's a pumpkincheesecakepie,* green bean casserole and cornbread cooking in the oven as I write this. Pecan pie is defrosting in the fridge.
I'll do some pigs in a blanket in a little while. And open up some wine.
Then I'll make some dressing/stuffing/whatever you call it. I don't think I'll stuff the bird though. Hmm... I think I'll make two different kinds, actually...
dressing 1, savory: butter, bread crumbs, cornbread, onion, mushrooms, a smidgeon of red pepper and carrot, garlic, giblets, love, maybe an egg, turkey broth, fresh sage, fresh parsley, marjoram, thyme, rosemary, salt, pepper... maybe I'll be ambitious and do some bacon, too
dressing 2, sweet: butter, bread crumbs, cornbread, apples, dried cherries, raisins (maybe), walnuts, love, maybe an egg, turkey broth... I'll figure out the seasoning when I get there (something to compliment the turkey).
The bird will go in around 3 or so. Alton says it will only need around 2 hours, but I don't believe he's met Turkeyzilla. I think it will take closer to 3+, but we'll see. While that's roasting, I'll smash some potatoes with chives and sour cream (ooh, maybe some bacon, too), and bake some rolls. Oh, and steam some asparagus. Maybe cook up some peas and mushrooms and/or make a bigass salad. Oh, and of course we'll need gravy, too!
P will pick up Z's mom in a few. We'll eat around 6:30, as Brit's joining us, and she works 'til 6. Another of Z's friends, Andy, will be joining us as well. I'm pretty psyched.
I'm surprised (knock on wood) at how smoothly this is going. I haven't stopped working since I got up, but I'm not rushed or anything. Let's hope it continues on this way!
I hope you and yours are having a lovely Thanksgiving (if you celebrate it) and a most wonderful day :)
* It was going to be a regular pumpkin pie until I realized that A. I had no evaporated milk and B. I didn't really have the right crust for it. Luckily, I had a premade crust with an awesome recipe for cheesecake pumpkin pie right on it, and I just so happened to have two containers of cream cheese. Thanks, Universe :)
** I usually put an unrelated footnote here, but I can't think of anything at the moment.