I just wanted to say "thank you" to all the wonderful, helpful. patient people on this board. I posted a bunch of questions about vegetarian main dishes, turkey buying, turkey preparing, and that is just what I posted in the last few weeks! The reponses I got were always kind, and helpful, and I am definitely becoming more confident and capable regarding my kitchen skills.
So, to update...I did buy a TJ's brined turkey, used the Calphalon rack, adjusted Alton Brown's roasting method so that I started at 450 (not 500) degrees (thank you JoBear) and it was wonderful. The mushroom bourguinon (that I believe goodhealthgourmet brought to my attention,sorry if I am not recalling correctly) was a huge hit with the vegetarians.
I hosted 18 people for a sit-down dinner in my typical, NYC (ie small) apartment, and we all had a fabulous time, with wonderful delicious food.
So thanks, CH, and may we all be around to query, answer, critique, and enjoy, next Thanksgiving.
you, my dear, are officially my hero. a newbie hosting *eighteen* people in an NYC shoebox?! that's amazing!
glad to hear it all worked out so well. i'm curious, which mushroom recipe did you make? i gave you a few links.
oh, and a hearty amen to the final line of your post...Turkey Day just wouldn't be the same without all of you.
I actually just got back from dinner at Blue Hill, but that's another story for another board!!
For Thanksgiving, I made the mushroom bourguinon recipe from Smittenkitchen,.com
I used crimini and portobellos ( have since learned that crimini are just baby portobellos, but I thought I was being "fancy") and it was just delicious and gobbled up by the vegetarians.
I have concluded that with family that you love gathering, and good food, the size of my NYC apartment doesn't really affect the wonderful time we have, Somehow, we make do!!