Monday, November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011 prep/cooking schedule

Proving yet again that I'm more Type A than I care to admit.


  • make the Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes that everyone liked last year
  • clean part of kitchen
  • make Pomegranate-Cranberry Sauce, put in fridge in jars
  • have epiphany that this is more jelly-like and that the cranberry eaters like a more relish-like sauce
  • decide to have the pom-cran sauce this year anyway, but vow to make a low-sugar cran-orange relish next year
  • make Butternut Squash Puree, freeze flat in ziploc bags
  • dice celery & onion, put in containers in fridge
  • worry that the fridge is already looking full


  • more kitchen cleaning
  • wash and trim Brussels sprouts
  • move Halloween items to garage
  • pull pie crust out of freezer, put in fridge to thaw
  • pull pumpkin puree out of freezer, put in fridge to thaw
  • pull turkey breast out of freezer, put in fridge to thaw
  • pull turkey stock out of freezer to use in stuffing, put in fridge to thaw
  • have Sage do more vacuuming


  • locate matching placemats & napkins
  • mix up turkey brine, brine to boil, cool
  • wash gravy boat
  • more vacuuming
  • scrub out brining cooler

Wednesday night:

  • make pie, leave on kitchen island covered with tea towel
  • prep herbs for turkey and roasted pears, leave on counter work area
  • put new stick of butter in butter dish
  • make sure there is enough butter in fridge for stuffing
  • measure out butter for Roasted Balsamic Pears, put in container in fridge
  • put can of green beans (hey, they were requested that way!) on counter work area
  • pull blueberry sweet rolls out of freezer, put in fridge to thaw (if possible -- otherwise leave in freezer & use alternate cooking instructions)
  • put jar of honeyed almonds on counter work area
  • pull bag of Butternut Squash Puree out of freezer, put in fridge to thaw
  • brine turkey breast overnight

Thursday morning:

  • drain brine out of cooler, pat turkey breast dry, but leave in cooler
  • scramble eggs, bake sweet rolls, turn on Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade
  • pull out side dishes to come to room temp
  • put bottles of cranberry juice and Spicy Cider in fridge
  • eat breakfast
  • preheat oven for turkey breast

After breakfast:

  • put turkey breast in oven
  • set starters/snacks on table
  • dot potatoes with butter
  • toss Brussels sprouts with olive oil and salt, put on baking sheet
  • put Butternut Squash Puree in casserole dish, dot with butter
  • put cornbread stuffing together
  • start making sausage/apple/mushroom stuffing
  • preheat toaster oven to 350F

After turkey is finished:

  • set turkey breast on top of stove, tent with foil, turn oven up to 375F.
  • put sprouts, mashed potatoes, and squash in oven
  • put cornbread stuffing in toaster oven
  • warm gravy, add stock if needed

After sides finish:

  • turn oven up to 425F
  • heat green beans in microwave
  • put rolls in oven
  • have Sage set table
  • pull beverages out of fridge

After rolls finish:

  • turn off oven, put pie in oven to warm
  • pull butter for pears out of fridge
  • EAT!

When ready for dessert:

  • pull pie out of oven, turn oven on 400F
  • roast pears
  • enjoy dessert
Wow, that's a crazy list. At the same time, I'm wondering what I left out. I tried to simplify things this year, and yet it still complicated itself.

Friday, July 22, 2011

how strange!

For some reason all of my previous posts have been pushed to a different page rather than appearing below. I wouldn't think too much about it if I hadn't been making some recent posts, and now my blog looks pretty empty.

Odd. Anyone know why this happened?

EDITED TO ADD: Never mind! I removed a picture from the last post and it all looks fine now!

to do today

  • make Sticky Chicken for tonight's dinner
  • work on/finish paper for Marine Biology
  • gather remaining paperwork for SFSU
  • work on field trip questions for Monterey Bay Aquarium field trip
  • menu plan for next week? (may wait till tomorrow night - schoolwork taking priority today)
Maybe that's it for now.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

to do

Hello, neglected blog.

  • roast the lemon-rosemary-bay brined chicken (no recipe, just based it off of this formula for brining and added chunked up lemons and some rosemary to the brine)
  • pull chicken off of the bones, set aside in 3 cup portions
  • do some research for my marine biology paper
  • clean some more off of my desk
  • prep veggies for the week - snap ends off of beans, trim kale & broccoli, wash lettuce, scrub carrots
  • pack lunch for the week (already have 2 packed, will be doing a picnic lunch on Thursday)
  • print out form for SFSU
  • clear at least 23 things out of the kitchen cabinet
  • throw away 23 things off of the kitchen table
  • finish menu planning for the rest of the week

Monday, January 10, 2011

Menu Planning Monday: Jan 10 - 16

Classes started again, so I'm short on time. Here's this week's menu plan:

pernil, sweet potatoes, broccoli
Tuesday: Tuscan Chicken and White Bean Stew (from the freezer, but I got the recipe from The Working Mother Cookbook), baguette (from Costco)
Wednesday: BBQ pork sandwiches, macaroni & cheese, sauteed cabbage
Thursday: Leftover Buffet
Friday: cheese ravioli (from Treasure Box) with red sauce, Italian sausage, green beans (or something from the CSA box)
Saturday: Chicken & Rice Casserole, CSA veggies (something green)
Sunday: tomato basil soup (from Angel Food Ministries) and grilled cheese sandwiches

For more menu planning ideas, check out the Menu Planning thread at I'm An Organizing Junkie!

Monday, January 03, 2011

Menu Planning Monday: Jan 3 - 9

(I thought I posted this days ago! I guess something went wrong?)

turkey rice soup (made from leftover turkey, turkey stock, chopped up veggies from the NYE veggie tray, and brown rice), cheese & crackers
Tuesday: meatloaf (made from a mixture of ground beef and leftover ground roast turkey), roasted veggies, Romanesco cauliflower
Wednesday: crockpot corned beef, cabbage, carrots, potatoes
Thursday: Peppercorn Chicken with broccoli (the original recipe calls for spinach, but I think broccoli will do)
Friday: Leftovers Buffet
Saturday: Sticky Chicken, roasted veggies
Sunday: spaghetti with red sauce & meatballs, green beans