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19 Nov 2010

My Money’s on the Neighbor’s House.

Written by sally @ 3:24 pm — Section: sally

For the past two weeks I’ve been obsessing over my Thanksgiving menu. I have been doing this because it is easier than obsessing over who will be at my table: my mother, brother, father, stepmother, and mother- and father-in-law. And Larry and Spike, of course. And you, if you want to come! It’s sure to be interesting. And by that I mean “it’s sure to make you have an anxiety attack.” Don’t worry: I have some xanax.

Anyway, instead of trying to pinpoint the exact moment in the day where I go outside and hide under a bush/in Larry’s shed/in the neighbor’s house (she’s never there and I have a key), I am trying to focus on the menu. For awhile I was concerned with what fresh-like vegetables I should serve — I didn’t want the vegetables to come out of a can OR be floating in a can of Campbell’s Cream of Something soup. So cans are out. I have decided I will make an asparagus tart (is easy/looks hard/has cheese/no leftovers), some roasted broccoli with parmesan (Spike likes broccoli/parmesan makes it fancy), and maybe these Steamed Carrots with Garlic-Ginger Sauce (you know, even though Larry and I both HATE CARROTS…but look at those babies! they’re gorgeous!). Besides these three fresh-like items, there will be the requisite dressing, mashed potatoes, and sweet potato casserole. And smoked turkey. And ham. And baked chicken. We eat all animals equally.

Anyway, now that the meal itself is taken care of, I have moved on to obsessing over the desserts. I am making a chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting (adapted from the magical Smitten Kitchen one), but Thanksgiving needs pies. I’m thinking apple, except I’ve never made an apple pie, so I’m eyeing this one from the Pioneer Woman. My mother will bring a sweet potato pie, but do we also need something cold or lemony? What about a cookie? A cookie laced with xanax, you say? Sounds perfect.

2 Responses to “My Money’s on the Neighbor’s House.”

  1. poobou said:

    Holy cow. The in-laws AND both sets of parents at the same time??? I’m so not jealous of you. I’d spend all day at the neighbor’s with xanax too.

  2. Mix said:

    What about lemon squares? Is it too obvious? Also, Martha’s got some really pretty cookies this (last?) month…

    OR. OH!

    Sugar cookies glazed with lemon icing that you just dip the cookies into. Yummers.