Thursday, November 17, 2011

Countdown to Thanksgiving

Can you believe it's a just a week until Thanksgiving? I usually have the menus and shopping lists all ready to go by this time but not this year.  I did order the centerpiece of the meal back in early October, the Turducken!  I've been wanting to try this ridiculous dish for years and when I found out my favorite butcher shop does a smaller version, I had to do it.  Have you ever tried Turducken? 

I'm editing this post because I didn't explain what Turkducken actually is.  I saw Paula Deen make one on the Food Network years and years ago.  It's a boned out turkey that is layered with stuffing then a boned out duck is placed on top, then more stuffing then a boned out chicken in placed on.  The whole thing is stitched up and roasted or deep fried.  The one I'm getting is a Turducken Roll, which is a turkey breast half layered with stuffing, two duck breasts, more stuffing and chicken breast and all rolled up and ready to roast then slice.  

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Other than making my fresh cranberry sauce, I have no idea of the rest of the menu.  Since I have to work on Thanksgiving Day and my mind is completely on the move to Virginia, I'm dragging my feet a little.  I'm planning just two side dishes, one vegetable and probably mashed potatoes and gravy because Rob just loves that.  Last year's pineapple upside down cake is going to be tough to top this year.  I have the Thanksgiving issue of Martha Stewart Living on my Nook, perhaps she'll provide me with some much needed inspiration.

And perhaps some will come from you:  What is on your Thanksgiving menu this year?


  1. Uhh.. I'm going to make a wild guess here and say that turducken is a mix of turkey and duck? I've never even heard of it before! :D

  2. Sorry, Maren, I edited the post to explain what Turducken is. Have a look!

  3. The turducken is a bit weird. We are lucky this year. My BIL is raising geese and turkeys and we are getting one of the turkeys for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, plus a goose for Christmas.

    I was thinking about doing a carrot souffle for something different.

    John is making a tarte tatin as well. Yum.

  4. Turducken scares me. I don't know why, because I hear it's delicious. I just can't make myself ever try it.