October 10 was our Canadian Thanksgiving. This day fills me with enormous gratitude…and immense fear.
Although I enjoy cooking and feel at home in a kitchen, I dread preparing the dishes that traditionally make up this meal. Every. Single. One!
Don’t get me wrong. I love eating a festive turkey dinner. I just don’t like preparing it.
Luckily, this Thanksgiving, like many before, we were invited over to a good friend’s place to celebrate. She is an awesome cook. l prepared a creative salad bar. Definitely my comfort zone!
You think that would have put an end to my Turkey-making fears, at least until Christmas. Sadly, not. We had celebrated Thanksgiving on Saturday, and the next day we greedily devoured the leftovers generously given to us. When holiday Monday rolled around, we still kinda felt like eating a turkey dinner. (I blame it both on Kathy’s delicious meal and the Hallmark Channel)!
To assuage our cravings and my guilt, I made a cheater Turkey dinner. It would never be confused with a slow-cooked full turkey dinner, but it was great for two and surprisingly very satisfying. The Turkey Roll (which was half-price on Thanksgiving day) gets tossed on a baking sheet for 2 hours and cooks from frozen without any extra prep. The corn, mashed potatoes and gravy were simply reheated and took less than 4 minutes. For most of the 2 hours that the turkey was cooking, I relaxed and read a book. Totally stress-free!
Whatever you do, please don’t forget dessert (true sacrilege). At Kathy’s, we ate slices of both apple and pumpkin pies while answering the question, “If you could relive one day, which one would it be, and why?” It was a powerful bonding experience!
My cohost, Deb, and I would love for you to share what’s been on your plate. And if you have any holiday feast timesaver tips, I’d love to know them. Christmas is just 55 days away. Yikes!!!