I more than made up for my absence in the US during Thanksgiving. Yesterday, we had a Christmas Eve party at Seema and Mick's and decided to have a full-blown turkey dinner. Cooking Thanksgiving dinner is one of my favorite traditions and I was glad that we could do it this year before we moved to India.
Mona, Seema and I had the primary cooking responsibility while Mick played the able kitchen assistant role. I experimented with a new Alton Brown (foodtv) recipe for the turkey. This involved a rub of sea salt, black pepper, white pepper, allspice and brown sugar. My personal contribution to this recipe were the garlic cloves embedded in the meat. Finally, I added partially cooked apples, onions and herbs to the cavity. I also cooked my all time favorite garlic-basil mashed potatoes (to Aanish's delight). Mona did her ever-popular green bean casserole with fried onions, yams and a cherry/pineapple cobbler. Seema prepared the stuffing along with her speciality - Spinach did. She made another half dozen appetizers.
Richard started us off with killer Mojitos and the fun never stopped until the presents were unwrapped, dessert was eaten and some great memories were made!