It's All About The Bird

Sunday, November 16, 2014

In two weeks Chris and I are hosting our first Thanksgiving in Chicago for his family and grandparents.

We are just a little bit nervous about it so we decided to give it a test run this weekend. It was... a lot of work. So much work that about half way through I decided that I should be in charge of sides only and Chris should finish the turkey. He's a whiz in the kitchen so it just made the most sense. Of course that didn't stop me from taking this proud photo holding Chris's beautiful finished product as if it were my own when everything was said and done.


Have you ever stuffed a turkey? It's very uncomfortable. I wasn't fond of it. I just kept thinking, that poor bird, how degrading.

But it sure did look good. And it tasted even better. I'm not sure how Chris seasoned it exactly because I stopped watching after awhile and just started drinking wine, but it was incredible. 


I pretty much stuck to the green bean casserole. Which we all know is super hard. And super classy. Anything that involves cream of mushroom soup and fried onion strips on top is always right up my alley. It reminds me of childhood.


A little serving of mashed potatoes because you just can't have a turkey without them.


Chris's famous "low-calorie" gravy...


And of course turkey cookies for dessert.


Kidding. I totally stole this photo from Pinterest. I didn't actually make these cookies but I definitely thought about them.

And one more shot of the beautiful bird.


Obviously it was a really exciting weekend. Welcome to winter, everyone.

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55 comments:

  1. That looks like a super successful trial run to me! That turkey looks deliciousssss :D

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  2. You look adorable and man that green bean casserole makes me hungry.

    I'm veg now but I used to love stuffing the turkey as a kid. So odd.

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  3. I love to make this cherry cheesecake recipe that comes out so delish!

    Love your pics!! and was lol when you put the cookie pics, haha.

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  4. Wow. I'm impressed by your trial run meal. It looks so good!

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  5. Now freeze it all and pull it out next week! ;)

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  6. My favorite Thanksgiving dish to make is dressing (which is what we call "stuffing" in the South). :)

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  7. That turkey looks amazing!! Looks like you guys nailed it ;)

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  8. The turkey looks YUMMY!!!! Love the corningware! Such fun colors!

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  9. I love making the desserts! Especially because they can be made ahead of time! I love those dishes! So bright and cheerful!

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  10. I love making all the side dishes! Cream cheese corn, stuffing/dressing, etc. Yumm!

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  11. Love the dishes! Turkey looks fantastic:) If only a Husker win could have happened this weekend as well….:(

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  12. I like making desserts. They get all the glory.

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  13. We are having friendsgiving next week and I can't wait. That bird is beautiful, Michael is always really good at this stuff as well. But I do make a mean casserole.

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  14. My favorite dish to make is the desserts. I try to always make at least one dessert every holiday

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  15. My fav thing to make is the little dish called Mexican Casserole- tortilla chips,hamburger meat, cheese, add Cream of Mushroom and cheddar cheese soup, green chillis and bam heaven in your mouth.

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  16. I love making cranberry sauce and creamed onions!

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  17. OMG! You did a test run for Thanksgiving. Like, doing Thanksgiving dinner twice? I won't even cook it once. I am so impressed!!

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  18. I would give up and drink the wine too! Really impressed, it looks really tasty!

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  19. Fav. Dish is stuffing and mashed potatoes!

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  20. So smart to do a test run! Not for the preparation, just for the extra helping of Thanksgiving food. :p
    It all looks so tasty!

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  21. Oh my goodness that bird looks awesome...getting me in the mood for Thanksgiving for sure!
    Also, you nailed the green bean casserole...almost as important as the bird itself!

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  22. I put a big hunk of velvetta cheese in our green bean casserole.. it really jazzes it up. YUM

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  23. My goodness! Y'all are very committed to do a test run. I think once would be enough for me so I would just do it live on the day of and hope all turns out well =) Looks like you guys are going to a have a delicious thanksgiving when the real one rolls around!

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  24. I was gonna say... those cookies were A+. Also, I'm expecting FRIENDS-worthy Thanksgiving dinner stories from you next week!

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  25. Obsessed with sweet potato casserole! It isn't Thanksgiving without it. :)

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  26. You two make an awesome team! Good idea to do a test run.

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  27. Chocolate pecan pie...I love pie. And wine. That counts, too, right?

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  28. Coleslaw...because it's easy and I LOVE it! Happy Thanksgiving Taylor, Chris, and Harlow :)

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  29. I volunteered to cook this year too! I did it about 6 years ago and the turkey came out really good. But I don't remember what I did to make that happen...so wish me (and my family) luck!

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  30. Oh man.. I love making the whole darn feast! I love making homemade stuffing and pumpkin pie the most :D

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  31. I dread the day I have to take over the cooking responsibility for Thanksgiving...I think everyone might go starving that day ;) Looks great and the CW is so freaking cute in the fun colors, makes the food pop! xoxo, ganeeban

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  32. I have no idea how to comment without it being anonymous lol. Totally new to commenting buttttt I freaking love your blog, Corning ware, and all the food!!! Long time reader, but brand new follower. Couldn't pass up this giveaway :)
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  35. My favorite thing to eat/make for Thanksgiving or any holiday is definitely chicken dressin' I eat my weight in it every chance I get!!

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  36. We make a cheesy potato dish every year - it's a must and our favorite thing to make!

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  37. For thanksgiving I love to make the green bean casserole and all the appetizers!

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  38. I love to make everything except the Turkey! I love all the sides and pies! YUM!!

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  39. Good job! I remember the first turkey I ever cooked. It was quite the adventure, but turned out great!

    And turkey is actually my favorite part of the meal to prepare. Am I weird?

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  40. You know, I really like making a lot of things actually, but I think one that has the biggest bang for the buck is lasagna. It's pretty easy, yet it comes across as having slaved for hours in the kitchen and THAT is the type of dish I really like to make. :-)

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  41. Mashed potatoes is THE BEST part of Thanksgiving (and I think one of my favorite foods in general). :)

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  43. I really like to make pumpkin pie, using my grandma's recipe. I can also make the crust, which makes me feel far more talented than I actually am.

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