Jelly or Sauce? (a.k.a Thanksgiving 2011)

Let's just say my family is filled with A-1 micromanagers. And we take this talent to dizzying heights when we are entertaining. The boy micromanages my cooking oil usage (I always hold back, he says). I peer over his shoulder to micromanage the spice levels (that's a whole bottle of peppercorns, I whine). Tempers flare and we switch topics. Pan-fry or bake? Grill or stove top? Tandoori or au poivre?

We are hosting Thanksgiving tomorrow, so you can imagine what the last week has been like.

All was going swimmingly today actually, except for a little skirmish about the green beans (walnuts or almonds?). We both had the day off (a miracle in and of itself), prepped the food in the morning and had the afternoon free to go watch the inimitable Eddie Murphy at his hilarious best in "Tower Heist".

Only while returning home we reignited the chutney-or-jelly debate.

It is unclear if it was the fatigue or sheer madness that made me make both. And with that dear reader, I give you a sneak preview of my Thanksgiving menu.

Thanksgiving 2011

Mango Rose Water Vodka
Cranberry Lime Vodka

Pepper Bacon wrapped Tenderloin

Tandoori Turkey with Roast Vegetables
Grilled Buttermilk-Pepper Jumbo Shrimp
Saffron Rice with Cranberries & Pistachios

Masala Potatoes
Garlicky Green Beans
Native Cranberry Chutney
Cranberry Jelly

Lattice Apple Pie
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream


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