The Dads’ Thanksgiving Reflection

We hope you all had a very happy Thanksgiving! It’s been a couple of days now, and we’re finally starting to recover from the holiday fun and exhaustion!

Here is a list that we put together last night, reflecting our Post-Thanksgiving thoughts:

1. Wow, we’re exhausted!

2. Having all the family together is so heartwarming and feels good right down to the bone.

3. Sheesh, you can never do enough advance planning and preparation. When everyone arrives, it’s difficult to get anything done! You want to stop and listen to every story and be in every room with everyone, but you can’t.

4. Everyone wants to be with you, which is great; your kitchen however isn’t large enough to work efficiently with everyone underfoot.

5. This was our first year trying to film while cooking and having guests; wow, was that difficult. You just have no idea how much time filming and editing eats up. Suddenly your perfectly timed schedule is blown out of the water!

6. How did our parents do it when they had so many to feed every day and not just holidays? It looked so simple!

7. In our dream-home, the kitchen would be the largest room in the house; We’d even have a large fireplace so everyone feels comfy and cozy.

8. What to do with all the leftovers?? Lots of ideas but no appetite as we’ve all cheated so much on our diets! The biggest challenge are the desserts as they are the most tempting!

Like many of you, we carry on the tradition of having all of our guests go around the table and say what we’re most thankful for this year. Did you and/or your family do the same? What are you most thankful for?

Have a great holiday weekend!
-The Dads: Harris & Dave

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2 Days to Go!

Here we are, 2 more days to go until Thanksgiving!

Yesterday consisted of house cleaning, fixing antique dining room chairs, dropping off clothes to the homeless shelter, setting up a bookcase for the guests to have a place for their toiletries, running errands, and more. Was any cooking or baking done as hoped? Did we get to the Pumpkin Cheesecake yet? Nope!

Yesterday, Harris was able to pick up our kosher turkey. He also purchased some smoked white fish, lox, herring and bagels for a special breakfast while our guests are here.

Then, we were off to the butcher’s to grab a Prime Rib Roast for our Wednesday night dinner. We were also able to find some Kishka to serve up with Wednesday’s dinner. It’s hard to resist the urge to eat it before!

After all of that, our boy, Jacques, even made it to his groomer, Carissa, so that he is ready to greet our guests properly when they arrive!

Whew!

We had such a full day that we didn’t get to do any of our Thanksgiving cooking, but we’re hot on the trail today! As we write, it’s about 11:00 AM and we already have 2 pie crusts done! Oh, and we made the cornbread for the stuffing. It needs to be baked a couple of days ahead so it dries out a bit, making for much better stuffing!

Below is a photo of the flowers Harris picked up. He will be making our holiday centerpiece with these beauties!

Hope you’re preparations are coming along well!

All the best,
-The Dads: Harris & Dave

Harris' Flowers

3 Days!

3 Days to go until the big festivities!

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!

Happy Cooking!
-The Dads: Harris & Dave

Rib Roast

Spiced Nuts

Harris’ Challah Rolls

We’ll be making our popular Challah Rolls this Thanksgiving! There’s nothing like fresh baked rolls at your dinner! Try them out!

Recipe
Note: This recipe requires a bread machine.

Ingredients

Rolls:
• ¾ cup milk or water
• ¼ cup softened butter
• 2 eggs
• 3 cups flour
• 2 tablespoons honey
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 ½ teaspoons of fast-rising dry yeast or active dry yeast marked for bread machine use

Egg Wash:

• 1 egg
• 1 tablespoon honey

Directions

Rolls:

Gather all of the wet ingredients (milk/water, butter, eggs & honey) and put them in the bread machine.

Next, add the flour and salt on top of the wet ingredients. Do not stir.

In your flour, make a small well about the size of your fist and pour the yeast into the well. Then, set your bread machine to the dough setting.

When the cycle is complete, punch your dough down once.

Then, lightly grease a cookie sheet. We suggest using butter.

Divide the dough into 10-12 pieces, and roll each into a log shape.

Tie each log into a knot and place on the cookie sheet, spaced one –two inches apart.

Cover the rolls with a lint-free kitchen towel. Place the pan in a warm place for at least an hour. This allows the dough to rise.

Egg Wash:

Whisk together the egg and honey.

Brush the dough with the mixture. Optional: You can also sprinkle the rolls with sesame or poppy seeds.

Bake the rolls for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown in the oven at 350 degrees F.

Enjoy!

The Dads: Thanksgiving Menu

So, just what will The Dads be serving this Thanksgiving? Here is our projected menu for this year:

Thanksgiving 2013

Menu: 14 guests

Appetizers:

1. Smoked Salmon Ball
2. Roasted Eggplant Dip
3. Chopped Liver
4. Spiced Nuts

First Course:

1. Potato Leek Soup
2. Challah Dinner Rolls (See Harris’ Recipe in the post above!)

Main Course:

1. Oven-Roasted Turkey with White Truffle Butter
2. Smoked Turkey
3. Southern Cornbread Stuffing with Sausage and Spinach
4. Harris’ Italian Stuffing
5. Sweet Potato Grand Marnier
6. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts
7. Cranberry Onion Confit
8. Traditional Cranberry Relish

Dessert:

1. White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pie (See the recipe & video in the posts below!)
2. Pumpkin Pie
3. Jewish Apple Cake
4. Lemon Meringue Pie
5. Sugar-Free Trifle (Made by Carol)