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What did we really eat for Thanksgiving 2012?  The Alton Brown Turkey turned out great! Did you know that this is my 3rdThanksgiving Turkey? That doesn’t include my first that was a total flop…I’ll tell that story another time. I did tweak some of the recipes a bit and added the salad and mushrooms. My sister and family were here and her boys are big eaters, so I also enlarged the stuffing recipe. The meal fed 12 comfortably with leftovers for tomorrow. My 11 year old nephew tried and liked the pumpkin pie. He hadn’t liked pumpkin pie previously, so I was really proud of him.  My sister really loved the Bourbon Pecan Tart, and I was in agreement. It was the first time I had made it and it was incredible! All seemed to enjoy the food and the company. We all loved being together as do most American families on this holiday.

Enjoying our Thanksgiving Dinner

My brother in law took the pepper shaker and apparently the bottom fill hole cover fell off and, well, enjoy the results…..

Pepper everywhere

2012 Thanksgiving Menu

Turkey (Alton Brown style)



Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Roasted Cauliflower

Roasted Lemon Pepper Broccoli

Sautéed Mushrooms

Spinach Cranberry Salad

Cranberry Sauce (Tyler Florence)

Rolls (purchased from store)

Relish Tray


2 Pumpkin Pie

1 Bourbon Pecan Tart


My daughter set a beautiful table setting including handmade place cards.



Traditional Turkey Stuffing  for 2012

20 C stale, hard bread, shredded into 1″ chunks

3/4 C olive oil

2 T butter

12 oz. small portabella mushrooms, cleaned and chopped

2 medium yellow onions, coarsely chopped

5 stalks of celery, coarsely chopped

10 cloves of garlic, minced or pressed

1 tsp. salt (or to taste)

1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

5 leaves fresh sage, minced

1 T fresh thyme, minced

3 T fresh rosemary, minced

1/4 C chopped freshly parsley

4 C chicken broth, or as needed

1 C white wine, or as needed


In a large skillet, melt butter with oil. Add onions and celery and cook about 5 minutes.

Add mushrooms and garlic and cook until mushrooms and fresh herbs, salt and pepper.

Cook until desired consistency.

Stir in bread pieces. Add wine, stir well.

At this point the stuffing can be saved overnight if doing early.

Add  broth until this bread stuffing recipe reaches your desired level of moistness, at least 2 additional cups. You can add up to 5 additional cups for very moist stuffing.

Pour herb stuffing mixture into a large, buttered casserole dish.

Bake, covered, in a preheated 350 degree F oven 45 minutes, or until hot throughout.

Uncover and bake 15 minutes more, until top is crisp.

Turkey Gravy

Take drippings from the turkey and place them in a bowl.

Cool and remove most of the fat from the broth. Save.

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 t salt

¼ t pepper

1 C mushrooms sliced, optional

In a large, heavy-bottomed pan, over medium heat, toast ¼ C flour in ¼ C oil until off white.

As roux turns from sand color to light brown to caramel color, turn down heat.

Continue cooking and whisking constantly until roux is a dark brown color.

Increase heat to medium and add garlic, salt and pepper to roux.

Add turkey broth.

Stir together well and cook 10 minutes.

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes  

6 lbs (about 14 Cups) new potatoes preferred

1 C Parmesan cheese

½ head of garlic, roasted

1 t salt

2 t Montreal steak seasoning

1/4 C milk (to consistency)

1 C nonfat or lowfat sour cream

Bake or boil potatoes. When cool, take off skins.


Add all other ingredients

Roasted Cauliflower with 16 cloves of Garlic

1 large cauliflower, trimmed and cut into bite size pieces

16 clove garlic, peeled and lightly crushed

2 t fresh rosemary, minced

1 t salt

½ t black pepper

¼ C olive oil

½ C diced red pepper

Mix herbs, seasonings and garlic together.

Toss cauliflower and red pepper with mixture.

Place into a large baking dish in one layer.

Roast in preheated oven at 450°F for 20  minutes.

Toss and bake for 10 more minutes

Sauteed Mushrooms

Serving Line with the sliced turkey on the right.

12 oz sliced mushrooms

2 T lemon olive oil

1 T butter

3 cloves garlic, minced

Place oil and butter in sauté pan on med until hot through.

Stir mushrooms in and sauté for 6 minutes, stirring frequently.

Turn off heat and place in serving dish.

Roasted Lemon Broccoli

2 heads fresh broccoli, cleaned and cut into florets

2-3 tablespoons Lemon olive oil

1 tablespoon lemon juice, bottled is fine

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)

1 teaspoon salt, adjust to your liking

¼ t black pepper, adjust to your liking

Toss florets with other ingredients and place in baking dish to roast.

Place dish in 425°F oven for 20-25 minutes, until browned and roasted.

Cranberry Sauce


Relish Tray

Relish Trays

Place anything you want on a dish to leave on the table. I will have:

Sweet gherkins

Green olives

Black olives

Pickled asparagus

Dill Spears

Fyrne’s Pumpkin Pie (Cheryl Corrigan’s mom)

Nothing better than homemade Pumpkin Pie made from our very own Jack O’Lanterns.

Makes 2 9” deep dish pies

4 C fresh baked and pureed pumpkin

1 ½+ C sugar

1 t salt

1 t ginger

½ t nutmeg

4 t cinnamon

Grating the nutmeg for the pie

6 large or 5 extra large eggs

1 can evaporated lowfat milk

¾ C milk

Preheat oven to 450° F.

Combine thoroughly: pumpkin, sugar, salt, and spices

Add eggs, evaporated milk, and milk.

Beat well.

Pour into 2 9” inch pastry lined pie pans using pie shield for crust.

Bake 15 minutes at 450° then turn it to 325° and bake 40 minutes longer or until knife comes out clean.

To make smaller pies take an egg out and some milk and/or pumpkin.  I usually make this large recipe and if I have left over I put it in custard cups without a crust.

Bourbon-Pecan Tart with Chocolate Drizzle

This is a must have recipe!

Make the tart a day ahead, and store it in the refrigerator. You can use a 9-inch pie plate instead: simply roll the dough to a 13-inch circle, fold the edges under, and flute.

1 cup packed light brown sugar

3/4 cup dark corn syrup

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons bourbon

2 tablespoons molasses

1 tablespoon butter, melted

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 large eggs

1 large egg white

2/3 cup pecan halves

1/2 (15-ounce) package refrigerated pie dough (such as Pillsbury)

Cooking spray

1/2 ounce bittersweet chocolate, chopped


Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine first 10 ingredients, stirring well with a whisk. Stir in pecans. Roll dough into a 13-inch circle; fit into a 9-inch removable-bottom tart pan coated with cooking spray. Trim excess crust using a sharp knife. Spoon sugar mixture into prepared crust. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until center is set. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Place chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave at HIGH 1 minute. Stir until smooth. Drizzle chocolate over tart.