For the second straight year, I did a solo home-cooked Thanksgiving. I just love the 5 day weekend too much to give it up by driving back to my folks in Illinois for the stretch. Anyway, I'm a TERRIBLE cook, and my repertoire tends to involve taking stuff from the grocery store and slightly funkify it.
For dinner this year, it was Bob Evans turkey and gravy in a bag, pre-mashed potatoes, pre-mashed yams, home-made Midwestern delight (aka the green bean/fried onion/mushroom soup casserole), corn niblets, and Stove-Top stuffing. With a sweet potato pie for dessert.
Yes, I am a glutton. Just about every day of the year. But today you can't give me shit for it. Cause it is Thanksgiving.
Anyway, with a few little dashes and fancy kitchen moves, I was able to make things a little better. For the yams, for example, I melted a little butter with some curry spice, coriander, and this weird bitter chocolate/chipotle steak rub stuff I bought at some gourmet chocolate place in Pittsburgh, and doused the serving. For the corn, I stirred in some poblano pepper and parmesan/herb seasoning. And now, as I type this, I'm too drowsy to remember what I did with the turkey and the stuffing, but I did something. And it worked.
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