Thanksgiving in one week!

I’ve been fascinated this week with the Bon Appetite Test Kitchen as they prepare for Thanksgiving. All I can tell you that they make the D-Day planners look like rank amateurs who were winging it. If how to make the mashed potatoes can become a compelling, 45-minute long story doesn’t intrigue you, the friendship between all these chefs might. The videos have all the tension and drama of the cook-off shows, and I found myself actually rooting for an ingredient (not telling you, but you’ll know!).

I’ve been watching one episode per night, and tonight I will watch them prepare the actual dinner, in a house (and not a lab with 30+ ovens): can they pull it off? I cannot wait to find out!

(Spoiler alert: I really want to try the mashed potatoes they developed! My farmers market has the winner of the potato cook-off! Yes: potato cook off. Twelve of ’em!)

Get your food nerd on, and thank me later.

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6 Responses to Thanksgiving in one week!

  1. donnah says:

    Sounds fun! I’ll be cooking for sixteen people, so I have a 25 pound turkey and five pounds of potatoes at the ready. I’m also doing a sausage stuffing and Tupelo Honey Carrots, which can make a grown man cry, they’re so good. And white corn, home baked bread, pumpkin swirl cheesecake, a ginger spice cake, chocolate brownies and pecan pie.

    I do this every year, so I have a schedule that works. Can’t wait!

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  2. we need to see a dish based on Republican brains, treating them as the tiny bits they are, like they are brussels sprouts or something like that. But really, drenching them in a butter and wine based sauce seems to be the only way to make them even hopefully palatable. And if Nunes’ gets errantly in then you just have to pick that fucker out like its a peach pit that got loose….

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  3. purplehead says:

    These people are just too precious.

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  4. emjayay says:

    They peeled the potatoes. As long as you are not using thick skinned potatoes like Idahoes I would not peel them. Besides since they used the ricer thing almost all the skin would be left behind anyway, but the taste would be sharpened a bit.

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  5. MDavis says:

    I watched the mashed potato episode. They teased turnip as an ingredient and then they never mentioned them again. I have memories popping up now, of fresh, peeled turnip, with a nice, mild peppery flavor. Also, their mashed potatoes looked to loose for me, but that gravy – I want to try that gravy.
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