Monday, November 24, 2008

Now, I can cross one thing off the list.

After dropping Jordan off at school, Miss Mina and I paid a visit to the local turkey farm. She marched right into the store, and plopped herself down on the floor - much to the delight of the other customers paying for their birds.

All I could think about was the herd of people, poultry workers, and miscellaneous sorts who regularly walked across those floors daily.


The farm itself was run very efficiently, and the bird I pre-ordered came neatly packaged and ready to go. I've passed by this place a dozen times on the way to a friend's house. We were in and out of there in ten minutes.

The plan is to to brine it Wednesday, and prepare it Thursday using a recipe I've been eyeing for awhile. It's a tamarind glazed turkey breast with cornbread jalepeno stuffing, courtesy of my favorite Indian chef - Suvir Saran. It took two attempts at various Indian and Pakistani stores (and lots of looks. I knew how to say tamarind, but I couldn't remember the right word for paste, and I didn't want chutney) to find the right kind of tamarind, but I'm hoping it will be worth it.

The menu:

Goat cheese dip with sour cream and spiced pepitas. Chips

Entree and sides:
Tamarind glazed turkey with cornbread - jalepeno stuffing
Ricotta stuffed shells
Creamed spinach with parsnips (this is a new one from Food & Wine magazine. It looked good)
Roasted garlic mashed potatoes
Cranberry sauce 2 ways
Corn on the cob (I'm hoping the kids will eat this)
Plain cornbread muffins (yawn - again, thinking of the kids)

Pumpkin pie
Chocolate dream pie
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