The above photo was the scene in my kitchen tonight...
Here's the e-mail I sent to my mother a week or two ago. This year the celebration is catered by me and my parents. There's a whole lotta food to be made, plus I'll be taking a dish to Brandon's family dinner:
"So, I started thinking about turkey day last night....OK, you know I've really been thinking about Thanksgiving for weeks. :~)I know you and dad are making:TurkeyHamDressing and GravyCranberry SauceGreen Bean CasseroleSister Schubert's RollsPumpkin PieI was hoping to make:Mashed Sweet Potatoes in Orange BowlsPecan Pie*Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake (unless Dad wants to make his pumpkin roll, then, I'll be glad to concede.)How do those sound to you? I can gladly make more, or if you'd really like to make something I don't mind giving it up.Oooooo, can you make that pineapple cheese casserole?** I LOVE THAT STUFF!Love you!xoxo-ccm"
*I'll be making my aunt's Bourbon pecan pie. YUM! Have I shared that recipe with you yet?
**Note, this is NOT my mom's recipe in the link, but oddly enough, it is titled Tricia's Pineapple Cheese Casserole. (My mom's name is Patricia, and she often goes by Tricia.) I don't think this deviates too far from her recipe.
Yes indeed, that is what we plan to serve this Thursday.
I started cooking tonight. I already feel behind! I made the macaroni and cheese tonight, and will finish the baking and the topping on Thursday morning. My other goal for tonight is to assemble the pineapple cheese casserole that I plan on taking to Brandon's.
Tomorrow's game plan: sweet potatoes and pecan pie.
Wednesday: corn casserole and pumpkin gooey butter cake.
Broken down like this it doesn't feel like I'm making that much. I just mapped out the casserole dishes I plan to use, and realized I'm one dish short! I guess I'll just have to pick another one up.
Check out this little beauty I got on Saturday. It's an Emile Henry casserole. I found it on sale at the William-Sonoma outlet. I am one happy cook!
Maybe I can find another one tomorrow to fulfill my one missing casserole conundrum! :~)
I also got a really great rectangular cake pan with a lid. I'll use it for the gooey cake.... I'm ready for Thanksgiving!