Thanksgiving has never been a big holiday at my house. Actually, we don’t really celebrate any big holiday. We don’t really care about things as much rather than the company.
However, when I started staying Mr. LumberjacK, he would invite me over to his parents’ for dinner. Having a feast is a tradition over there. Last year, we made appetizers. This year, we made turkey and biscuits.
Cooking with Cocktail Rings created a really good-looking Instagram turkey recipe and I decided I wanted to try it. It had Mexican chilis and oranges in it. We started on the rub two nights before. We tasted it and the rub had a sweet barbecue taste, but we wanted more earthy flavors to ground the rub. We added a few more spices to customize the recipe.
On Thanksgiving day, we woke up at 3 o’clock (A.M.) to take out the turkey from the fridge. The turkey got to room temperature after an hour, and then the babysitting began. We basted the turkey every 30 minutes. We were tired, but the results were on-point (look at all the angles in the pictures).
We also made some biscuits with Kerrygold butter. The trick is to keep the dough cold, so the butter doesn’t melt into the flour. The first cut-outs had so many beautiful layers. The scraps I pushed together led to lopsided biscuits. I can say though, the biscuits wee really really good. I might be getting some leftovers tonight at his parents’.
Then, we made a quick stop to my parents’ to eat lunch. My mom made Vietnamese spring rolls, stir-fry noodles and soup. I ate just enough to satisfy my stomach, because I don’t know if I could have done two big meals like last year. I would have passed out.
In the end, it isn’t about the delicious food, even though I like to test my skills. Family is important. Being around the people you care is important. I am grateful that I get that chance every year with great friends and family.