So, in recent years, my family has just gone over to my sister's mother-in-law for Thanksgiving. While the food is good, the afternoon consists of my Dad not rolling his eyes while my sister's father-in-law talks about how important he is on the city's Board of Directors (he isn't. in 10 years, the only notable thing he's done is get censured for making ugly comments about the one Black lady on the Board). My mother and my sister's mother-in-law talk in backhanded compliments about each other's cooking, child-rearing, and church attendance. And I sit in an uncomfortable antique chair with a book, or wrangle my nieces.
We are not doing this in 2012, because my sister and her husband are getting divorced - making the current arrangement even more awkward than usual. So, I asked my mother what we were doing. She has never met a boxed dinner she could not ruin, my father (who does all the cooking) said he was too tired to do a big dinner, and my sister said that she was too stressed from getting divorced.
Thus. It falls to me. However, there is a problem. I, as a single, self-employed person with no roommates or children, am not at all qualified for cooking for more than one.
I may just tell them that I am protesting the oppression of indigenous people and we can order pizza. But probably not.
Do any of you have advice for cooking large meals for about 8 people?
"Every man's heart one day beats its final beat, his lungs breath their final breath. And if what that man did in his life, makes the blood pulse through the body of others, and makes them believe deeper in something larger than life, then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalised by the storytellers, by the loyalty, by the memory, of those who honour him and make whatever the man did live forever."
Hell, maybe go to a nice restaurant like in Christmas Story.
Haha. Fa ra ra ra ra. . . I love that movie. But going out is what we do for Christmas. There's a really nice brunch/buffet at the old historic hotel in town - prime rib and fancy cheese and all kinds of things. I kind of wanted a quiet afternoon at home to watch football and parades with my family. I'm sappy like that.
Originally Posted by Mithro
In a lot of areas churches will fry turkeys up, and sell them to anyone who's willing to buy on Thanksgiving, and there's a lot of good recipes for side dishes that you can find online.
Turkey in a fryer is amazing, it keeps all the juices in the turkey, so it's never dry, which is a main complain for many on Thanksgiving.
I love deep fried turkey SO MUCH. I may call around and see if anyone is selling a pre-cooked one. Sides, I think I could do. I can throw some stuff in a casserole dish and time it for 40 minutes. The turkey is the one thing I am terrified of, though.