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So we all know that both Thanksgiving and Christmas are coming up, and for most people it's exciting, but for me not so much. Usually for both of those holidays I go to my sisters house and eat dinner, but because of a family emergency she will not be able to do either of those. Which means, I have to cook! And that would be fine if I knew anything about cooking, or what the heck I am supposed to make! Is there anyone who knows anything about Thanksgiving or Christmas food? Keep in mind that I have a picky eater, actually 2 because my husband doesn't eat anything either.
alot of grocery stores have ready to take home dinners already prepared and all you have to do is heat it up.
My Thanksgiving dinner is super easy. If you have a Trader Joe's in your area, go get one of their brined turkeys. Plan on about 2 pounds per person, that will tell you what size turkey to get. Since Thanksgiving is tomorrow, you'd need to thaw it on the counter or in the kitchen sink, so that it's ready to cook tomorrow. When you're ready to cook it, separate the skin from the breast without tearing it. It's easy, just slide your hand under the skin. Then, rub some butter and crushed herbs (sage, oregano, thyme, rosemary) on the breast meat. I'm not sure what temperature to cook it at, or for how long. Our oven literally has a perfect turkey setting. Check out some recipes on marthstewart.com. You'll need some kind of roasting pan (I got a nice one from Target for $20, or you can use a disposable one from the grocery store), and you'll need to tent the turkey with aluminum foil ( take a big piece of foil, make a crease in the middle, and cover the turkey with it without touching it).Then, I make a cranberry compote using an Emeril Lagasse recipe from foodnetwork.com. I make mashed potatoes, green beans (steamed for about 10 minutes, then sauteed in butter with minced garlic and a little salt and pepper), and crescent rolls and apple cider from Trader joe's. Oh, and I make Martha Stewart's leek and celery root stuffing. And for dessert, I make a cheesecake using a recipe from Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook (I could not live without that book!)I was pretty intimidated the first time I cooked Thanksgiving dinner. It was for me and my husband, my family, and his family, and I had a one month old baby. But, everything turned out really well, and I've been making the exact same meal every year since. It was much easier than I expected, and all I did was follow the recipes. Don't be scared. If you want to cook yourself, you can do it!
For Christmas, our meal varies. Last year we did a Mexican Christmas dinner that was really good. But, for our first Christmas together, my husband and I made a roast, and we had mashed potatoes, brussels sprouts, green beans, and rolls. Lots of people do a ham for Christmas, which you don't have to make yourself. Honeybaked Ham makes deliclous glazed hams. Then you cold do some potatoes, either roasted red potatoes (cut into quarters, put them in a big plastic bag and sprinkle in some olive oil, garlic powder, paprika, and Italian seasoning until coated, put on a parchment covered baking sheet and bake for 30-45 minutes) or mashed potatoes, a vegetable that everyone likes, some rolls, and a dessert. There are some great frozen pie/cake desserts at grocery stores. It's easy to get overwhelmed by the idea of making a huge meal, but it's not really that bad once you break it down into the individual dishes. It's really like any other dinner, main dish, a vegetable or two, some rolls, and a dessert.