Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving Prep

It is very surprising to me that Thanksgiving is becoming a more integral part of my life - it is home coming, especially with A in school and T not around. This means that it provides me a bigger excuse to cook with no holds barred and really enjoy the whole process. For me, the prep generally starts a day ahead, especially, because I want to get as many things out of the way before A gets here. A hot cup of chai, with some khichdi bhajiyas and my favorite playlist on the iPod make the cooking prep very very enjoyable.

Today's agenda involved prepping the chicken (yes, I do not like turkey and prefer chicken). The chicken this year is more Indian-style than it ever was with lots of tandoori masala and curd. Allowing it to marinate over night will let the flavor mature before it roasts tomorrow.

I also like making the dessert a day ahead to ensure that it comes out as it is supposed to and if it does not, it gives me enough time to redo or change my plan, because just imagine what would happen with a sub-par dessert :D. This year it is the Chocolate bourbon pecan pie, a recipe i have been wanting to try out since a couple of years but for some reason never got around to. And it has come out well...yipee!

Over the last couple of months a lot of food bloggers have been raving about the flavor of roasted garlic in mashed potatoes, so this time, I will experiment with the flavor, which called for roasting the garlic today - just butter and garlic in the oven - it does smell fabulous.

Can't wait to get to tomorrow .... Happy Thanksgiving folks!

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