Our Thanksgiving menu:
Roasted turkey (brined in rosemary broth)
Lemony roasted yams
Brussel sprouts with caramelized onions and bacon bits
Mashed potatoes with garlic
Stuffing with sausage and prunes
My Thanksgiving program:
Wake up at dawn, cuddle with the girls.
Drink strong coffee.
Have a sturdy breakfast of bagels with cream cheese and lox.
Start cooking like a madwoman. First things first, i.e. put the turkey in the oven first, then tackle other menu items.
Sip white wine while cooking, put on mellow music like Andrea Bocelli or Norah Jones. Ask the 9-year old to be the DJ.
Clean up kitchen and freshen up, put on the hostess outfit (something festive, yet comfortable, probably my new Missoni poncho)
Welcome guests and sip more wine, light the candles.
Make sure turkey is done.
Serve food on good china (the table has been set nicely the night before).
Sit at Thanksgiving dinner for a good long time.
Take turns telling everyone what you are thankful for, and try to come up with at least one surprising thing.
Recruit everyone to help cleaning up the dinner table.
Enjoy kid's presentations: piano, violin and dance performances.
See guests out and give them leftovers to take home.
Put kids to bed.
Sip some more wine and re-hash the day with hubby.
Go to sleep exhausted but happy.