One of T-Rex’s kindergarten teachers actually used the phrase, “talk turkey.” Only she meant “speak Turkish” not “talk a bunch of nonsense that no one understands.” They actually might be the same, depending on where you are from.
So today I’m telling you a much, much bigger secret. It’s a good thing my friends in Germany don’t read my blog. At least I don’t think they do. Yet. I have never cooked a turkey before. Nope. Never. Not once. In fact, most of what I’m making this Thanksgiving, I have never made before.
The proposed dinner menu…
Turkey – 12lbs – from France
Stuffing – two boxes of Stovetop – from a reeeeeally good friend in the US
Gravy – two packets from above friend and one from my mom
Green Bean Casserole – no cream o’mushroom – from scratch – except for French’s onions from US
Sweet Potato Casserole – at 3 euro/kilo, it gives “rich flavor” a whole new meaning – from Israel
Corn – from Aldi – super duper fancy – youbetcha
Guests will be bringing: mashed potatoes, creamed onions, bread, a green salad, and more!
Okay so I’m cheating on the stuffing and the gravy – judge me. I dare you.
I think the Germans/South Africans are more excited about the casseroles than I am. I have never made or eaten a green bean casserole. Sweet potatoes are usually savory for me – so it’s gonna be weird to sugar them up and go nutty with the marshmallows (also from above friend – she’s a keeper for sure). I let these crazy Germans do what they do best – potatoes, onions, and bread.
Cooking for me starts tomorrow! I’ll be making the cranberry sauce, baking the pumpkin (for the pie), and toasting pecans (IF I can find them – they have disappeared from Aldi and everywhere else I have tried). I know, I know, I didn’t mention any desserts above. That’s tomorrow – stay tuned!
What are you making? How many are you cooking for? Do you have any tips for me? I kinda, sorta, well, really hope you have some!
p.s. – I realized today that we actually have friends from six continents here – a very blonde white dude from Ecuador is in our small group. Now if I could just meet someone – or even a penguin – from Antarctica – that would be so, well, cool.