Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving traditions vary widely (oyster stuffing:  need I say more?), but pretty much everyone can identify with these two Thanksgiving staples:  Roast Turkey and Mashed Potatoes.  The turkey recipe (Barefoot Contessa Parties!, pp. 182-183) does not call for any fancy brining or basting, deep-frying or stuffing with other birds, but there are some aromatics (onions, garlic, lemon, thyme) stuffed in the body cavity.  I excluded the roasted vegetables under the turkey in the original recipe, simply because if we didn’t have mashed potatoes on the table, there may have been a revolt.  The mashed potatoes (Barefoot Contessa Family Style, p. 118) were, quite simply, divine.  But what wouldn’t be, with half-and-half, sour cream, and butter mixed in?


Now, if someone could just broker a Thanksgiving Peace Treaty between me and the dog who just dragged in what can only be skunk poop all over the carpet…  Happy Holidays, y’all!


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