I enjoy cooking? A little rundown of yesterday:
9:30AM: Get the protein out of the refrigerator to warm up a bit
9:45 AM: Soak the smoking (hickory) chips for the turkey.
10:00 AM: Settle in with a cup of coffee. Eye the pecan pie wondering if anyone would notice a missing slice.
10:30 AM: Stoke the charcoal for the turkey.
11:00 AM: Prepare the turkey.
11:00 AM: Get the giblets (for gravy) started.
11:15 AM: Get the turkey on the BBQ.
11:30 AM: Preheat the oven to 450 for the prime rib. Settle in for another cup of coffee. Try to figure out how to put a cheesecake back together once a slice is missing.
12:30 PM: Dress the prime rib and get it in the oven. Set timer for 30 minutes.
12:45 PM: Get the yams out of the pantry. Contemplate what it means to wash, peel, and cube 10 pounds of purple tubers. Where’s my sous chef?
1:00 PM: Turn the heat in the oven down from 450 to 325. Realize that dinner is at 5 o’clock and not 4 o’clock. Contemplate how to save a prime rib that is in the oven an hour too early.
1:15 PM: Determine that I can shut the oven off and just let the rib sit for an hour, then fire it up again and cook until desired doneness. Sit down and realize that a) nothing worthwhile is on TV, b) there is no way that I can disguise a slice out of a fruitcake. Give up on trying.
2:45 PM: Get the oven with the rib going again.
3:00 PM: Get the yams in the oven.
3:45 PM: Prep the green bean casserole and stuffing.
4:15 PM: Get the green bean casserole and stuffing in the oven. Take the yams out of the oven, add the sautéed onions, apples, garnish with pecans and maple syrup. Get the gravy going. Add the giblets. Get the cranberry sauces (a couple of different kinds) out of the fridge.
4:30 PM: Get the rib out of the oven. Get the yams back in.
4:45 PM: Get the casseroles and yams out of the oven. Get the turkey off the BBQ.
5:15PM: Dinner for 28 served!
6:30PM: Slice of pecan pie, pumpkin cheesecake and fruitcake consumed.
7:00PM: DESSERT COMA!!!!!
Hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving!