Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Ok, fellow eaters of the world. Here it is, less than two weeks from Thanksgiving, and I have yet to nail down which recipes I definitely want to do.  I have quite an arsenal at the ready, but I don't know what to do.

The turkey, for a brief moment, was hovering between a maple-butter turkey which Momma made for Viv's birthday dinner one year (which was. delicious.) and a boned turkey a la Julia Child.  I still really want to try a boned turkey, but with 10 people coming to dinner chez Black, I think I'll stick with something I know this time 'round.  I was settled on the maple turkey, herbs and all (and more patience and planning this time).  And then... (oh, that infamous little word), I found this turkey from Joanne Chang.

Now, it may not look like much to the un-initiated eye, but really, this woman is the ultimate in amazingly tasty foods.  You've heard me talk about Myers + Chang before, and you've heard me rave about Flour Bakery + Cafe.  And I'm only now discovering she does Thanksgiving?!  I think I would eat anything this woman cooks.

But then I love this stuffing and these sweet potatoes and I'd love to do a soup like this (especially for Vivers), and there will be mashed potatoes and gravy and the Nantucket cranberry relish I made last year (though this one from Joanne looks amazing, too).  I'm even thinking of adding other-than-starch vegetables this year :-o  Like this salad, and then I saw her carrots and her pickles.  I don't know what to do!

Thoughts? Suggestions?  Do you think a soy-sauce turkey will conflict too much with other, more traditional flavors on the table?  If I did Joanne's turkey, what other of her recipes do you think I should definitely make? What ones of my more traditional ones?  Dare I ask what your favorite recipes for Thanksgiving are?

I realize I'm only be acerbating the problem with more recipes, but I'm a recipe junkie. What can I say? :)


  1. Whoa, how did you changes your comments to thoughts? Very cool. If I were you, I would stick with your maple apple turkey and also bone it. It is not as difficult as it sounds and the turkey takes half as long to cook. Remember, I accidentally started with a frozen turkey last year and still had dinner done in time. Save the soy turkey for Christmas. Also, call me crazy, but with so much eating on thanksgiving, there is no room for soup. Whatever YOU make it will be excellent. ;-)

  2. you can change "comments" to "whatever-you-want" in the design settings of your blog..

    whenever I talk to you I want to try a boned turkey.. do you think I can do it?! what did you stuff it with? do you think i can do a soy sauce boned turkey? hm... possibilities :)

    if i do bone it, i might be calling you all day on Thanksgiving. can you handle that? :(

  3. mmmhhh soup :) you know that anything you pick will be delicious seester! i can help ya decided recipes tonight.

  4. No, boning a turkey is really not difficult. You just roll up your sleeves and stay close to the bones with your knife. It's cathartic. We just stuffed it with the normal bread stuffing. The stuffing was heaven. I cannot comment on the soy turkey. I am not sure how it would turn out. FYI, I left the bones in the wings.

  5. the soup will be just a small thing--probably just a mug's worth per person. Also, I'm a firm believer in soup. It's a staple for me :)

    You make me want to bone the thing! Can I bone it and still do the soy sauce glaze, do you think? YOU'RE NOT HELPING! :P :) maybe I should just call you this afternoon..