* 23 lb turkey (the **smallest** of the 21 turkeys my mom raised this summer)(taking forever to cook, of course) * [Saveur's Multicultural Stuffing](http://www.saveur.com/food/classic-recipes/multicultural-stuffing--50245.html) * Mashed potatoes with lots of warm cream and butter (Kate's on starch duty this year; making both of the above) * Kale from my mom's garden (olive oil and garlic) * Green beans (steamed -- possibly the only dish on the table with no butter) * Braised fennel * Delicata squash, also from my mom's garden * a 2001 Riesling Auslese, and a bottle of NZ Pinot Noir * Apple pie, baked last night * Pumpkin pie (made from fresh pumpkins, not canned) (to be baked while the turkey rests) * Vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, etc * Coffee made in a brand new french press * Chai (made the chai milk last night)
I’m thankful for my wife, my family both distant and close, the bounty that New York provides, and for having a few days where I’m neither stressed nor procrastinating about writing assignments. (Both reactions still all too common, I’m afraid.)
Oh, and there’ll be six of us: me, Kate, my mom and Gil, a friend from the J-school and her visiting mother. Unless my friend doesn’t show, in which case there’ll only be the four of us. Lordy, the leftovers.