Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Happy New Year!

We had a very quiet Christmas and New Years at home playing Wii and just hanging out. It was a good way to spend our first one together! We did a lot of cooking and of course put on no extra pounds ;-) Here was our Christmas menu:

  • Brown sugar brined turkey (recipe from Williams Sonoma)
  • Glory greens - maybe next year I'll make them from scratch,  but this year it was all about canned!
  • Candied yams
  • Mac & cheese (recipe from America's Test Kitchen - the key is using chicken broth)
  • Stouffer's cornbread stuffing
  • Homemade rolls
  • Pecan pie

We had a wreath instead of a tree, which provided the wonderful pine scent without all the messy clean-up. Uka did a really good job of carving up the turkey, following the directions in America's Test Kitchen's Family Cookbook. It's the one cookbook we use the most and we really like it because, like the show, it explains the methodology on why certain steps/ingredients are needed. This isn't to say we follow it to a t but it provides good guidelines for our cooking experiments. We highly recommend it!