Thanksgiving from The College Gal’s (Parents’) Kitchen

Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday of the year. Fitting for a food-lover, no? Since my family moved when I was nine years old, we have had Thanksgiving at our house every year. I’m pretty sure the first year started with about 15 or 20 people. Five years later we had upwards of 25 people coming over to eat each Turkey Day. As of late, our house has turned into a family and friends banquet hall of sorts, with at least a solid 30 people coming for Thanksgiving. This year we had 37. Yes, it does get as crazy as you are imagining it would. Take a peek.

From left to right:

  1. Daddy got a brand new turkey cooking pan this year. It was shiny. He was happy. I took a picture.
  2. There are about a gazillion potatoes all up in that pot, waiting to get mashed. Mmm mmm good.
  3. Haha. Haha. Funny, huh? We thought so. That’s why these little cards were sprinkled all over the tables.
  4. Bacon wrapped turkey in the early stages. Let me tell you, friends. That is the best bacon you will ever eat. Ever.
  5. I made these place cards for everyone about four Thanksgivings ago. I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but how cute are these little things?
  6. Mommy made the yummiest cauliflower this year. Want the recipe? Huh? Huh? Huh? Well since you asked, you might get lucky at the end of this post.
  7. Our living room, sans furniture (it was banished to the garage), plus three tables and a million chairs.
  8. Sweet potato pie. Not my cup of tea, but I had seven other pies to choose from so it was all good.
  9. The only way to truly begin Thanksgiving: with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Duh.

From left to right:

  1. Cheddar biscuits about to be put in the oven. What’s that? You want this recipe, too? Well, hm. I’ll see what I can do.
  2. It isn’t Thanksgiving unless there is a festive, appropriately-colored wreath hanging on the front door.
  3. Chocolate cream pie, my favorite. There may or may not have been a tiny food fight with this baby after everyone left.
  4. The turkey says, “You only love us for our breasts.” Haha. Haha. Haha. Oh my gosh, stop it. I can’t breathe.
  5. Remember that pumpkin chocolate chip muffin recipe? I made those and some cupcakes, Thanksgiving style.
  6. Anything that says party pack is bound to make Thanksgiving dinner 20 times more fun, right?
  7. Well that was good. What you can’t see right behind that plate is me, in a serious food coma.
  8. And I thought my kitchen gets messy after I cook. You don’t even want to know how high the dishes were piled in that sink.
  9. Mashed potatoes and turkey making their official debut. So fantastic. So filling. Such Thanksgiving magic.

Alright, foodies. Here are those recipes I promised you. Cook away! They aren’t just for Thanksgiving.

Garlic Roasted Cauliflower

(Recipe from Ladies Home Journal, November 2010, originally published in Barefoot Contessa: How Easy is That?)

The Ingredients:

  • 1 head large garlic, cloves separated but not peeled
  • 1 large head cauliflower, trimmed and cut into large florets
  • 4 ½ tbs. olive oil
  • 2 ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 3 tbs. pine nuts, toasted
  • 2 tbs. fresh lemon juice

The Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 450. Bring a small pot of water to a boil and add the garlic cloves. Boil for 15 seconds; drain and peel. Cut the largest cloves in half lengthwise.
  2. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the cauliflower with the garlic, 3 tbs. olive oil, 2 tsp. salt and black pepper. Spread into a single layer and roast, stirring twice, until the cauliflower is tender and the garlic is lightly browned, 20 to 25 minutes.
  3. Transfer the cauliflower to a large bowl with the garlic and pan juices. Add the remaining 1 ½ tbs. olive oil, parsley, pine nuts and lemon juice. Sprinkle ½ tsp. salt, toss well and serve hot or warm.

Cheddar Biscuits with Butter Garlic Sauce

(Recipe from my brother’s school cooking class)

The Ingredients:

Biscuits

  • 2 ½ cups Bisquick baking mix
  • 3/4 cup cold whole milk
  • 4 tbs. cold butter (1/2 stick)
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese

Sauce

  • 2 tbs. butter, melted
  • ¼ tsp. dried parsley flakes
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • Pinch of salt

The Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Combine Bisquick and 4 tbs. cold butter in medium bowl and mix. Add cheese, milk, and ¼ tsp. garlic powder.
  3. Drop ¼ cup portions of dough on cookie sheet.
  4. Bake about 15 to 17 minutes.
  5. Melt 2 tbs. butter and stir in ¼ tsp. dried parsley flakes, ½ tsp. garlic powder, and salt. Pour as desired over biscuits.

And, last but not least, you didn’t think I would end this post without showing you that little chocolate cream pie battle did you?

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