As of a couple of hours ago, I had finished my current editing project (and now have nothing on the docket until after Thanksgiving!) and my Thanksgiving shopping. (I have still done almost none of my Hanukkah shopping, though, and I'm here to say that I'm glad this Thanksgivukkah thing will never again happen in my lifetime.)
We are up to 23 feasters this year, so I will be spending the early part of next week cooking, cooking, and then cooking. In case you need recipes:
Here's my preferred roast turkey technique, from Joy of Cooking. I'll be doing two, as usual—I brine one on Tuesday, let it air-dry in the fridge overnight, and roast it on Wednesday; then I brine the second on Wednesday, air-dry it overnight, and roast it Thursday; then I rewarm bird #1 gently and splice it in with bird #2 and it always works out fine. The instructions for the gravy are there too; I also make a big batch of yucky bland plain gravy and then mix in the good concentrated stuff after roasting the turkey; this makes plenty and also ensures that the final product is not too salty.
I make 6 pans of stuffing (OK, dressing). Last year I had to make another batch over the weekend because I always spend the entire post-Thanksgiving period eating stuffing with gravy, and purring softy. Grandma Sophie always adored my stuffing.
I make a double batch of roasted root veggies, and every year I wonder why I don't make this particularly delicious combination more often throughout the year.
I used to make cranberry sauce, but now I prefer cranberry applesauce. And my sister brings cranberry Jello mold, as well as her delicious pumpkin bread. There will also be steamed green beans and I'm probably forgetting something else....
I know some people go all out for Thanksgiving dessert (and we have done so in the past), but I am generally too full to even think about much more than a few bites of something sweet at that point. Andy is in charge of pies, and this year he is getting a few varieties from Petsi Pies in Somerville. We will also have fruit, cookies (Julie's job), and whatever else anyone brings.
I love Thanksgiving.