Thanksgiving is Bravado

Bravado cooking is all about making classic dishes from scratch, getting everyone involved and making a big show of the whole thing.  If that isn’t Thanksgiving, I don’t know what is.  Everyone has a special recipe that they’re proud of, and no one would think of buying something made in the store or supermarket.  There is plenty of time so no one is thinking of 30 minute meals.

The highlight of our day was getting the children involved.  Check out the kids peeling potatoes.

Getting the youth involved

My granddaughter Rachel and I made Parker House rolls (see a great recipe in Joy of Cooking) for the third straight year and we finally got it right.  The first year we experimented with all whole wheat flour and we ended up with rocks.  The second year, we burned them.  The third time was magic.

Making the Dough

Rolling Them Out

The Final Product

We typically have about 25 people so we do two birds – one smoked and one done on the grill with Herbes de Provence.  They came out great.

The Birds

As an appetizer, the kids made a special turkey – butternut squash for the body, a pear for the head and skewers of fruit for the feathers.  Very cool.

Special Turkey

Desserts were not lacking – apple pie with homemade crust, a chocolate pecan tárte and a pumpkin roll.  The pumpkin roll is very unique and we will post a recipe  since it is great for Christmas also.

Apple Pie

Chocolate Pecan Tarte

Pumpkin Roll

We hope all of you had a great holiday.  Add a comment to this post and tell us what you did.  Pictures are welcome.

Categories: Diary of a Wandering Foodie, Holidays


1 reply

  1. Thanks for sharing your family with us this Thanksgiving. The pictures brought smiles to our faces. It is my favorite holiday with family and food as the center piece. Cooking together is fun and your recipies are especially good because they are made from scratch. We were with the family on Long Island having a great time. I shared your web site with the men who cook. My job involves the wine
    The Keenan’s

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