After quite the adventure, Melissa, her husband and their 2 friends, finally arrived last night. The heavy rain and holiday traffic caused their bus to show up 2 hours late, leaving them to wait outside in the freezing rain with hundreds of people. We hope your holiday guests aren’t having similar issues!
We finally made the Pumpkin Cheesecake and Pumpkin Pie! Additionally we made 2 batches of our Pecan Tassies, but of course as soon as the kids came home, they ate about 10 of them!
Today we’ll be making the floral centerpiece. Since we made the crusts for the White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pie and a Lemon Meringue Pie, we will be baking them as well.
Dave’s sister Carol has been staying over the past couple of days and has been a big help. She’ll be making her traditional Sugar-Free Trifle today, for those with diabetes and the diet conscious. Perhaps, we’ll have to have her give up the recipe and share it with you!
Finally, we’ll be making our smoky salmon ball tonight.
Believe it or not, this year we will be having the least amount of guests for Thanksgiving in years. Typically we have around 20 guests. But this year we’ll only have 12. We had to downsize this year because we have been building an addition to our outside porch. So, with all of the construction, we just couldn’t have that many guests over this year.
Tomorrow’s main cooking event begins at 6:00 AM to start smoking the bird! What time will you be starting?
With Dave’s daughter Melissa, her husband and 2 friends coming to visit tomorrow, along with Dave’s sister Carol who just couldn’t imagine being left out, we have been busy multitasking cleaning and cooking. We have been organizing the bedrooms and clearing out the dresser drawers and closets to make sure there is plenty of room for our guests.
Additionally, we have begun to decorate the home with our holiday decor. We really love our turkey hand towels! Harris picked up some fresh flowers today while at the market. They are resting comfortably in water until the centerpiece can be created.
Last night we accomplished our Chocolate Chip Cookies and the Spiced Nuts. We still haven’t gotten to the Pumpkin Cheesecake as intended! But we hope to finally get that done tonight!
Our Rib Roast that we made in the crock-pot last night was amazing! Decadent, yes, but so delicious and worth it! We have been building an addition to our back porch, so Dave just sliced up some of the leftovers and gave some to our construction workers. They were delighted!
We forgot to mention that Harris made the Cranberry Confit last Friday. Hopefully in addition to the Pumpkin Cheesecake, we will also be able to make our first batch of our Pecan Tassies tonight!
Harris also was able to make a special stop at Goldberg’s Bagels. Definitely the best place for fresh bagels in the Baltimore area!
While cooking this week, Dave has been wearing his Mario Batali Crocs (yes, Crocs!) that Leah gave to him as a gift last year for the holiday. The great thing about these is that if the kitchen gets wet from cooking or cleaning, the grip on the shoes prevents you from slipping. They might not be the most fashionable, but they are really comfortable and easy to throw on quickly.
Hope your cooking adventures are going well! Let us know how its going for you!
4 days! Well, we ended up having a couple of friends come over last night, so unfortunately we were not able to get to making our Pumpkin Pie and Spiced Nuts.
Harris was still able to re-make his Jewish Apple Cake (since Sean insisted that we eat the first one Harris made!). So tonight, we will be making our Pumpkin Pie, a Cheesecake Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Cranberry Sauce and Spiced Nuts.
One reader had inquired about good recipes using a crock pot since she works all day. Well, actually using the crock pot is also a great way to cook when you are busy preparing dishes for a future party. So, tonight we intended to make a Pot Roast in our crock pot. However, when Harris was at the grocery store, he found out that the Rib Roast was on sale. Since, Rib Roast is a better cut of the meat, he picked that up instead. We can’t wait to try the Rib Roast in our crock pot!
What meals do you like to prepare when you are busy multi-tasking other time consuming events? How are your preparations for Thanksgiving coming along? Let us know in the comments below!
Can you believe Thanksgiving is coming up so fast? Like many of you, we have a lot to prepare!
We typically like to start our preparations earlier, but we have had unexpected delays come up. Such is life!
Actually, Harris had already made his Jewish Apple Cake for Thanksgiving. But Harris says, “Sean looked like he was going to cry if I didn’t give him a slice after I baked it!” So, tonight he will be making another one for the holiday.
Tonight we will be preparing:
• Spiced Nuts (easy to store away until the holiday)
• Jewish Apple Cake (This cake freezes well and is still great for the day of serving. Look out for the video and recipe later today!)
• Pumpkin Pie (The Pumpkin Pie filling actually becomes more flavorful after it has been sitting for a couple of days)
What and when will you be preparing for your holiday? Leave us a comment below! We’d love to hear your insights!
Happy Cooking Madness Week!
-The Dads: Harris & Dave