The Opinionated Foodie: The Love (or Not) of Food and Everything That Goes with It

The Big Foodie Day

So, friends, what did you eat on this most important food day?

I had turkey, a smoked ham, dressing that was actually done this time, cranberry salad, and a slice of some weird custardy white pie that made no sense.

It was actually a good year.

That was lunch. We just ate it again for supper. It may reappear for supper tomorrow, but we won’t be here.  We’ll be out.

Now that meal will definitely be good.

Happy Thanksgiving!


The Morning After


Breakfast this am-leftover turkey and gravy on a biscuit.

I hope I don’t overdose on turkey this week…

A First: Our Little Family’s Thanksgiving





I am thankful for so much this Thanksgiving. Family. Friends. Our jobs. Our home. My foodie friends who check out my blog and make me feel loved.

And the fact that the people who live with me let me try weird foods on them all the time. 

Today, it was my first attempt to make a Thanksgiving dinner for four people that had to be totally different from what we’ll be having on Thursday.

It was actually very fun for me.

I started by brining a three -pound turkey breast for an hour in salt, water, and sugar. When it was done, I dried off the turkey, salt and peppered it, and wrapped in prosciutto.  I roasted it for an hour and a half.

My first turkey was tender and so juicy. The prosciutto was salty enough to add a great flavor.

I also made a sweet potato casserole with marshmallows and caramelized pecans. We had oyster dressing (which was really Stove Top) with a red wine turkey gravy.

Dessert was a pumpkin pie.

I didn’t have any cranberries or anything green, but it was still a delicious feast beyond anything we normally eat on Tuesdays. It was also very different from what we’ll eat for the actual Turkey Day.

I am thankful for that.

Happy Thanksgiving, Foodies!

To Turkey or Not to Turkey?
November 9, 2011, 12:10 pm
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I am thinking about making my first ever Thanksgiving meal.  It would be just for four people, and it wouldn’t be the actual Turkey Day dinner for our family, but I want to see if I can do it.  I want to see if I could make the dinner for the big day. 

I think I may try.

I have never, ever even had to contribute anything to a Thanksgiving meal.  Before I was married, my family had Thanksgiving dinner at my sister’s house.  I never made anything for the big day because I didn’t have a kitchen.  I just showed up and ate.

Now that I am married with a family, we travel across the state to my husband’s family’s home to celebrate.  We have made this journey for sixteen years.  It is an experience every Thanksgiving.  The cooks on that side of the family do not use real butter or anything with any sort of fat in it.  They also avoid salt.  And real bacon.  And cheese.  Yum.

I guess I have a touch of turkey-preparation envy. 

I know it is a stressful meal.  I know it is expensive and time-consuming.  I just want to see if I can make it happen.  Can I make a savory, warm, and juicy turkey? Can I prepare a delicious and flavorful dressing?  What about gravy? Good grief, the gravy.  What can I do with cranberries? What kind of pie? I just don’t know. 

But, I think I will give it a try.  Just for the four of us.  It may be a disaster.  It may the best turkey dinner we have all year.  I just have to give it a shot. 


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