This is the first year me and Ryan made food on our own. For the past few years we've been going to Surly Girl and while that was fun and a nice little tradition, I just wanted to make tastier food--food that I could be proud of. I haven't had a good Thanksgiving dinner since 2006 when my mom was alive so it's been way overdue.
We ordered a 12 pound turkey from Whole Foods and bought all our ingredients from there or at Kroger. I was in charge of stuffing (the best part of the meal, in my opinion) and Ryan was in charge of mashed potatoes. We shared the job of tending to the turkey. Dessert was purchased from Just Pies through Ryan's work--he chose a banana cream and apple crumb.
The biggest headache was learning how to cook a turkey. We don't cook meat, like, at all. We got a grill this summer and fucked up everything except for hotdogs. So, I consulted one of the blogs I view on a daily basis, ABM. I saw what they did for their turkey and decided to go with it. For stuffing I consulted my Better Homes & Gardens cookbook and did a little of what they said and added dried cranberries and a few other spices like nutmeg, cumin and garlic powder based on various other sources. Ryan has a recipe for potatoes so I didn't need to look them up but was adamant on adding green onion to them. I'm telling you, green onion (chives) enhances so many things. I'm just obsessed with onions.
The key to my stuffing was using Baguettes instead of the normal croutons. I ripped up two baguettes and added 2 eggs, butter, cumin, garlic powder, and nutmeg. In a skillet I sautéed chopped onions, celery and Honeycrisp apples and then added it to the breadcrumbs and butter/spice mixture. Before mixing it up by hand I added a generous amount of dried cranberries.
Since we document everything, Ryan made a video on his phone (a Nexus 5) with Auto Awesome and it was too funny to not share: