I will admit this to you, dear cyber readers. For the last few months I have been a TOTAL baking slacker. Cooking slacker also.
Really? Oh, yes.
But, the impending holidays have reignited my desire to bake and fiddle around in the kitchen. Well, that and a trip to Ireland. Yes, Ireland the country. I am addicted to back bacon and smoked salmon now. I also got Nigella’s new Christmas cookbook while there. (Did anyone really think I would not get it while I was there?)
I baked my best friend’s wedding cake while in the UK. Wanna see?
Sunday I made brown soda bread and crumpets which I have put up in the freezer to extend their shelf life. Monday night I made pan seared trout with brown butter sauce. Tuesday I made a steamed Golden Syrup Sponge Cake. Last night I made Chicken Tikka Masala. Tonight I am making Maple Mustard Chicken Thighs, Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes, and homemade Mac and Cheese. Tomorrow it is standing rib roast with garlic mash.
See what I mean? The fire … she is back!
I have spent hours making obsessive lists for Thanksgiving AND Christmas meals. I am planning my baked gifts down to the last detail, and I am already scoping out baskets or tins in which to put my tasty creations. I am getting antsy to start baking cookies and pumpkin bread (something I REFUSE to let myself do until the weekend after Thanksgiving). Restraint is becoming difficult to come by.
This weekend I am going to begin my Thanksgiving prep by getting my puff pastry made and put up in the freezer. The rest will have to wait until the week of, and I find myself angry that Thanksgiving is not sooner. I am anticipating the morning of Thanksgiving, baking and cooking the last minute appetizers and rolls as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade plays in the background.
So, you may wonder what is on the Thanksgiving Menu this year? Ok, here is the list. I may post a few of the recipes as they big day draws near.
White Butter Rolls
Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon
Bacon Wrapped Green Bean Bundles
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon Crumble
And after all that, for dessert we will have:
Pumpkin Cheesecake with Ginger Snap Crust
Caramel Apple Tart
I know, I am full already!!
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