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Thanksgiving 2020 Thursday, November 26, 2020, 03:04 PM


Small Thanksgiving with my dad, Emily, and Victor. So only 6 people and only two of whom actually eat turkey. A bit lower key than 2018.

The menu was as follows with other details below:

For dessert, we had


This was the main thing I was in charge of making. I dry brined the turkey and then followed Serious Eats' Herb-Rubbed Crisp-Skinned Butterflied Roast Turkey (LOCAL). I did butterfly/Spatchcock it as well. It was a small turkey starting at about 9.66 lbs.

I carved it following this video from Serious Eats on YouTube (LOCAL)

I followed Serious Eats (LOCAL) for the gravy. I used some matchsticks carrots for the carrots

Dry Brine Rubbed with butter both on and under the skin Making giblet gravy


I repeated the crispy salmon from the other day using the same rub but they were cut ahead of time so we could also sear and crisp the sides.

Update: See our recipe book for an updated description


Meredith made her favorite Cranberry Bars. She followed the recipe but had to use two different pans rather than the one she wanted. They were a bit thin but very, very good. We all really enjoyed them!

Emily made No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake (LOCAL) from Kind of Healthy Recipes by Mason Fit. Her notes: Used low fat cream cheese

Emily made Zero Smart Points Cranberry Sauce. Mostly just for her and my dad

Victor made "Chef John's" Pumpkin Pie from All Recipes (LOCAL). I do not know if this was Victor's planned recipe or if he pivoted to this since I bought him Sweetened Condensed Milk rather than Evaporated. I think he also used (eyeballed?) Pumpkin Pie Spice in place of the constituent spices in the recipe

At first, I didn't love it since it wasn't really sweet (it doesn't get any additional sugar) but once I got used to it, I actually really liked it since you really tasted the pumpkin.

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