Sunday, October 16, 2011

Thanksgiving Dinner

Mom bought a beautiful, free-run, organic turkey from a local farm. (See her stuffing the beast in the photo). Before stuffing and cooking it, we brined it in salt water to develop its flavour and make for a crispier skin. I'm partial to dark meat, but ever bite of the bird was tender, juicy and packed with intense meaty flavour. This turkey made other grocery-store turkeys from my childhood taste bland as cardboard. I feel even better knowing this bird had a wonderful life of sunshine and proper feed on a farm close by. The stuffing was made of day-old bread, dried cranberries, onions and a whole lota' spices! A creamy butter-nut squash purée, home-made cranberry sauce, pan-gravy, caramelized brussels sprouts and sweet corn also filled our plates. The thanksgiving dinner plate is never pretty on the eyes, is it? A pumpkin cheesecake with spiced whipped cream was also on the menu (my mom's doing).

1 comment:

  1. That looks delicious!! Where's the turkey from? I'm in the Guelph area and had some trouble finding an organic bird...