|Hey look, what's that?! You guessed it---MATZO BALL SOUP. Yummie. |
Please refer to this post for the recipe and similar pictures (minus the Cutco knife and new polypropylene cutting board).
On this particular early Thanksgiving morning, I used chicken wings and drumsticks, you can see them peeking out
from underneath the lovely veggies.
Believe it if you will, I woke up at 6:30 AM as if it was any other work day and set out to chop celery, carrots and onions with my new Cutco Chef Knife.
Ok, then I baked an unplanned cake. But you know, I had to bake something since I am the proud new owner of a Kitchenaid Mixer. I had to bake something impressive. No credits to me please; that Mixer is the Boss.
|Extra points if you spot the cookies. |
They are special Arrested Development cookies.
I had made the batter for them in a massive quantity earlier that week
I only own 1 cake pan so I had to wait before baking the 2nd cake. But this provided time for the cakes to cool and prepare themselves for
|nb: cake made with shortening, icing used margarine in lieu of butter|
One day, I'm going to tell the gory tale of my buttercream icing failures. In my misadventures, I learned about emulsifying oil-based and water-based products. I learned of the importance of using metal/glass bowls over plastic bowls. I learned about the bain-marie. I learned about the sugar ball in water test. I learned that there were Italian, French, and American schools of buttercream frosting. In spite of all this knowledge, my buttercreams had a paltry success rate....that is until the Kitchenaid Mixer intervened. That and I patiently let the stiffened egg whites sit in the fridge for a good 1 hour until their temperature equilibrated with the butter. Let's just say that there were now 10 egg yolks leftover between the cake and the
delicious perfectly-executed decadent phenomenal exquisite buttercream icing.
And then it was time for the Famous Stuffing:
|Is it weird that writing about the stuffing caused me to go prepare myself some leftover stuffing?|
And onto the dinner party.....!
|Mike made the matzo balls! They are buoyant and delicious. The soup was light and flavorful with lots of veggies.|
My friends endured my cooking and agreed to spend Thanksgiving evening at our humble little home, complete with 2 card tables pushed together to become a dining room table + a sheet masquerading as tablecloth. Alas why am I so honest?
|Clockwise on my plate: turkey breast, cranberry sauce then mashed potatoes made by Shana, mashed yams by Mike, stuffing.|
I am thankful! And full!
|Not too full for a little cake.|
See the baked pears? Mike made them!
And as promised, a smattering of recent outfits! **Thanksgiving hostess outfit
|1. Top: JCrew, JCrew pixie pants, Bandolino shoes|
2. Sweatshirt: JCrew, Tshirt: from Gabe's, JCrew pixie pants, shoes: from Vietnam
3. Top: unknown gifted, Skirt: Anthropologie, Necklace: gift, Devil Horns for Halloween
4. Top: Free People, pants: from Vietnam, shoes: Banana Republic
**5. Tank top: F21, Sweater: KensieGirl, Skirt: from Vietnam.