Of course, a month ago while planning I thought of all the wonderful things I would cook. I would brine the Turkey via a 4-day process following Alton Brown's recipe. I would make my grandmother's buttermilk rolls from scratch. I would make maple glazed carrots with orange zest - a great new recipe I'd found. I would make my famous sweet potato bake. And I would make Ree's (Pioneer Woman) pumpkin caramel gingersnap cheesecake. My mom would be preparing and bringing the stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pecan pie. What a delightful menu!
However now that we're three days out many things have become very clear to me:
- I am not Alton Brown. I don't even know what a whole allspice berry is and do not regularly use the word "truss" in everyday conversation.
- I have never made a cheesecake in my life and my poor Kitchenaid is so dusty it may rebel against being asked to function
- I have one oven. One. Turkeys take approximately 47 hours to cook. How then will I be cooking a cheesecake for over an hour, rolls for 20 minutes, and sweet potato bake for 45 minutes - all at different temperatures - and have them all come out perfect just in time for dinner. Did I mention no warming drawer?
- I am insane.