Tuesday, November 24, 2009

24 November – Countdown to Thanksgiving!

No, I have not had to much wine to drink – yet! I know it is Tuesday and not Sunday, but the countdown and prep for my favorite meal of the year has begun! I love cooking for Thanksgiving, and I usually begin a few days before. Tonight, I made some homemade chicken stock for my mother's Southern cornbread dressing! Her recipe denotes chicken stock "from a real chicken," so I guess store bought stock is not – lol. I typically use the whole poached chicken to make sandwiches for dinner, but tonight I had the idea further honor my mom's memory by making one of her signature dishes: Chicken å la King! It is basically a chicken in cream sauce served over toast points. It is a little more involved than chicken sandwiches, but what the hell – the holidays are here. So, now I am stuffed while I wait for my cornbread to finish baking in my mom's iron skillet. I will also use the cornbread for the dressing. Last night, I retrieved not one but two fresh Kosher turkeys: one for carving at the table and one for leftovers. I LOVE turkey leftovers for sandwiches, turkey pot pie and soup. Last year, I even cubed and breaded some leftover dressing and deep fried it! I topped it with turkey and drizzled with gravy...

Hoping your Thanksgiving prep is also going well and that it is filled with fond memories of great food and loved ones.
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