Each day this week I am posting about each of the 102.9NOW personalities you love to listen to everyday. Thanksgiving is special to all of us in different ways so this year, I wanted to start a new "tradition" and talk about we are all thankful for.
Jagger has had quite a big year and I couldn't be more happy for him!
What are you most thankful for this year?
I am thankful for the expansion of our family this year. Our daughter Colbie was born on January 4th and this will be our first Thanksgiving with her and our 6th with our daughter Ellie (she's 5).
What is your favorite food your look forward to at Thanksgiving?
When it comes to Thanksgiving we are very traditional, from the menu to the dining experience.
I grew up with my Mom hosting the family Thanksgiving and always roasting the biggest turkey she could find. I remember one year we had a 29 pound turkey and she was concerned it wasn't going to be big enough and if she couldn't find one big enough she would always roast two. Along with the turkey she made a traditional white bread stuffing and dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, hot rolls and butter and it was all topped off with her homemade pumpkin pies. And for a festive touch Mom would always make lime jello mixed with shredded carrots and celery served on a leaf of lettuce on a desert plate.
I'm not sure how that tradition got started but it wasn't Thanksgiving without it.
My Mom had a set of her "good dishes" that we used for the holidays and it was a complete sit-down dinner. There were no covered dishes, and nobody brought anything because my Mom insisted that it all be prepared and served that day, from her kitchen.
Thanksgiving with my in-laws in East Texas is quite the opposite, where everyone makes a dish, paper plates are your only option and red solo cups are everywhere (we were just there this weekend for an early holiday feast).
Our Thanksgiving tradition, up until this year, was to be home to create our own family memories for our oldest daughter Ellie and our baby Colbie. But since we are living in temporary quarters until our new home is finished with the remodel and expansion this spring, we will be spending the holiday this year with close friends at their house.
I am sad that we are not going to be in our home this year and not preparing our family's own Thanksgiving dinner, but we are thankful for the wonderful friends we have that have opened their home to our family this year.
I believe the menu will be fairly traditional and I was promised access to the television to watch some football.
My dad was a huge sports fan, so Thanksgiving always included the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in the morning and football during the day.
Want to share a favorite recipe or what your 2013 Thanksgiving Menu will be?
My go to turkey is Martha Stewart's Roast Turkey with Brown Sugar and Mustard Glaze. Recipe here
And for the record, we love preparing Thanksgiving dinner!
I'm actually in charge of the stuffing, dressing and turkey and Patrick knocks it out of the park with all the sides and homemade pies. It's so simple, and the turkey looks awesome with this glaze, like something out of a photo shoot. The only thing I change is the dressing recipe because she calls for a pecan cornbread dressing, and that's not what I grew up with. I prefer a more traditional bread stuffing and dressing.
I love this low-fat version of the Italian classic, Osso Buco, which is made with veal. you will find that this is just as tender and flavorful as its traditional counterpart. It takes about the same amount of time to prepare, but possesses about half of the calories and fat. It is a great meal when its cold outside :) YUM!!
1/2 tsp extra virgin olive oil 4 skinless turkey legs.
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp freshly ground pepper
2 cups diced yellow onions
2 cups diced celery
2 cups diced and peeled carrots
1 tablespoon minced garlic
3 cups of white wine
2 16- ounce cans of diced tomatoes
6 ounce can of tomato paste
1 tsp dried thyme
2 bay leaves
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried marjoram
1 tsp dried basil
and eight cups of vegetable stock
Heat a large sauté pan over medium high heat and add the olive oil to lightly coat the bottom of the pan. Season the turkey with half of the salt and pepper. Add turkey to the pan and seat on all sides until browned. Then add onions, celery, carrots and garlic. Saute until the onions are browned.
Add white wine and stir to loosen the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Bring to a boil and cook down. Add tomatoes, paste, herbs and stock. Bring to a boil again and simmer uncovered until the turkey is tender and will pull apart. Enjoy!!
We have all been watching the weather reports this week anticipating the now freezing weather, so what better time to share my favorite hot chocolate recipe!! You will feel like a kid again when you curl up next to the fire and drink this. You can add marshmallows, peppermint sticks or try chocolate shavings over the cup to finish it off perfectly. Enjoy!!
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup white sugar
1/3 cup boiling water
a dash of salt to your taste
3 1/2 cups milk
1 tsp of vanilla
1/2 cup of half & half
Combine the cocoa, sugar and salt in a saucepan. Slowly pour in the boiling water and combine until you bring cocoa to a slow boil then simmer while stirring for about 2 minutes. Make sure it doesn't burn on bottom of saucepan then slowly stir in 3 1/2 cups of milk and heat until very hot, but do not boil! Remove from heat and add vanilla. Divide between 4 mugs. Add the cream to the mugs of cocoa to cool.