Whee! Loosen that belt!
–Roasted butternut squash soup (my squash, veg stock, nonlocal butter and curry powder)
–Salad from the greenhouse and what is still out there in the snow
–20.75 lb. hen turkey from Providence Farms, roasted with home herbs under her skin (parsley, rosemary, winter savory, thyme and sage)
–Giblet gravy with a white wine reduction
–Mashed homegrown Russet potatoes with homemade yogurt and nonlocal butter
–Stuffing, both in and out of the bird, with my usual bread and cornbread and celery from here; onions, parsley, sage, thyme homegrown; Maldon salt and homemade vegetable stock
–Brussels sprouts: my two, plus one more stalk from Eaters’ Guild
–Roasted root veggies: my few cute sweet potatoes, fennel, turnips and small white onions in a balsamic glaze
–Mashed rutabagas at my mother’s insistence
–Caramelized local chestnuts
–Corn spoon bread with local corn (canned by me in August) and Bloody Butcher cornmeal from here; eggs from our girls, veg stock from home
—Cranberry sauce with sugar from the Thumb (+100 miles, but Michigan grown!)
–Applesauce from our trees and that Thumb sugar
–Pumpkin pie and an apple pie (homegrown pumpkins and apples) with flour from here and nonlocal butter in the crust.
—Local wine and homegrown grape juice for toasting
We had eight people, and today we’ve not got a lot of leftovers, except that huge turkey, which is today destined for sandwiches and soup.
I feel rather pleased that I was able to provide all the vegetables except two. Next year, we are venturing into Turkey Land ourselves (and some meat chickens, too) so I will hopefully be able to reduce the food miles even more. And I keep threatening to get a milk cow for that demon butter I am so very fond of, but that’s just me dreaming.
I hope you all had a wonderful, delightful, thankful holiday.