Thursday, December 1, 2011
Belated Happy Thanksgiving
I am thankful to the Chef for helping with the Thanksgiving salad dressing and cranberry sauce, to Baby Zi for being so cooperative while I peeled and boiled sweet potatoes, and to Papa Chef for coming home early so I could finish my cooking without going crazy-lady on my kids who were way too excited about the holiday and warm weather to be expected to play on their own quietly. It seems like Thanksgiving should be a great time for families to cook together, but there are expectations involved that make things a little more stressful than usual for me. Fortunately, the Chef is at a point where he can handle simple recipes without much interference from me, which allows us avoid most conflict. Cranberry sauce: The Chef read the recipe, measured and combined the cranberries, lots of sugar and orange juice. I talked him through putting it on the stove and lighting the burning -- a Chef Zi first! Salad dressing: I wrote down what I wanted him to use, and he read the ingredients and instructions, which were "combine and whisk 1/4 cup of olive oil, 4 T of golden balsamic vinegar, juice from 1 lemon, 2 tsp of sugar, salt and pepper." This included juicing the lemons. We tossed dressing on greens and pear slices, with pomegranate seeds on side.