11 December 2010

thanksgiving, part deux.

for some, the crowning glory of thanksgiving is the turkey. for me, it's cornbread. i love cornbread. but it can't be just any cornbread. it HAS TO BE this recipe. taken from the back of an ARGO corn meal box and altered a tad. (does ARGO even make corn meal anymore? haven't seen it in forever.)

sweet family cornbread

1 C yellow corn meal
1 C flour
1/4 C white sugar
1 T baking powder
1 t salt
1/3 C extra light (in flavor) olive oil
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 C unsweetened almond milk (such as almond breeze)

combine corn meal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in medium bowl. combine oil, egg and milk in small bowl; mix well. add milk mixture to flour mixture; stir until blended. pour into greased 8" square glass dish. bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes. serve with butter and honey.

this was the first thanksgiving ben and i made the entire meal by ourselves. can you say AWESOME!? ben did the bird, his favorite carrot casserole, pumpkin pie and mashed potatoes. i did the sweet potatoes (with generous marshmallow topping), the cornbread, a pomegranate and clementine salad, my favorite cherry pie and attempted my FIRST EVER gravy.

the best part? EVERYTHING WORKED OUT BEAUTIFULLY. no smoke alarms, no half-thawed bird, no thin gravy.

i was so happy.

coco even got pan fried gizzards. how fun to finally have a pup to give those parts to.

but we didn't stop there. oh, no. we didn't stop there.

we like thanksgiving food so much we DECIDED TO MAKE IT ALL AGAIN. yup. we bought two birds when they were so cheap. so to save on our grocery bill, all we had to buy for the next two weeks after thanksgiving was . . . more sides! can you say cheap-o yum-o? of course, we are going to eat a few other things during our save money experiment. like omelets.

did i mention i like eggs?

a real heart potato
thanksgiving family portrait