Wednesday, November 25, 2009

My Evening in the Kitchen

by Meghann on November 25, 2009

I am wiped!

Preparing for Thanksgiving takes alot out of a person. All the prepping, chopping, cooking and baking is exhausting. Good thing I know it will all be worth it tomorrow. ;)

After creeping my way through holiday traffic, I was put straight to work as soon as I walked through the door this afternoon.

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Kelly and I were sporting the cicra 1990 aprons. Hot, right?

A couple of weeks ago I had committed to bringing a vegetable dish, a pumpkin dessert, and homemade cranberry sauce to the Thanksgiving festivities tomorrow.

One of my Aunt’s had originally agreed to bring a can of cranberry sauce, but I couldn’t bare the thought. The homemade version is 10 times better and is always worth the time and effort this time of year.

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The William Sonoma recipe for Apple-Orange Cranberry Sauce was such a success last year, I couldn’t wait to make it again.

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Dig the whole cinnamon stick in there. ;)

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I followed the directions to a T and allowed the sauce to simmer on low for a couple of hours before the texture was perfect.

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While I was working on the cranberry sauce, my sister and mother were working on the apple pie. My Mom initially wasn’t planning on making one, but what’s Thanksgiving without apple pie?!?!

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My Mom’s Apple Pie is hands down amazing. She prepares it all from scratch solely by memory. She makes it look so easy. Love it!

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We were *this close* to talking her into cutting into it tonight. ;)

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During the course of the afternoon I was also able to prep the vegetables I plan to roast tomorrow.

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(Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprouts, Parsnips, & Beets)

And had a slice of Pumpkin Bread that my Mom had baked a couple days ago.

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Yum!

It was interesting having three dogs in the kitchen this evening. Each of them are the worst beggers. So pitiful.

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In the above photo Maddie is saying “Sorry for being such a pain last week Aunt Kelly! I love you!”

Nobody was feeling very creative or adventurous for dinner, so when the idea of build your own pizzas was thrown out we all instantly jumped on it. We picked up two prepared pizza doughs from the Publix Deli and got to work.

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Kelly and I split a multi-grain crust while my Mom and Dad shared the regular crust.

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Saucing it up.

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Toppings bar

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Mine & Kelly’s Pizza was topped with a colorful array of vegetables, ham, and cheese.

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Mom & Dad’s was loaded with lots of meat and cheese.

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I have had the oddest fascination with raisins lately. They made a killer pizza topping.

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In total I had 1.5 gigantic slices of my half of the pizza.

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It was delicious. I’m telling you the raisins made the pizza. Give it a try – you won’t be disappointed!

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The results of my parent’s deep dish pizza looked pretty amazing as well.

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Nothing goes better with a piece of pizza than a nice cold bottle of beer.

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Once the idea of Apple Pie for dessert was given a big NO, I settled on a small bowl of Twisted Pretzel ice Cream instead.

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My Dad was giving this ice cream a big thumbs down, but how can you go wrong with chocolate covered pretzels? I loved it!

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I am hoping I can talk Kelly into a decent 6 mile run bright and early tomorrow morning. Its been much to long since we have completed a run together.

Time for bed! Good night everyone!

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