Thanksgiving dinner

Half of a homemade pecan pie in a glass baking...

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I do occasionally make festive meals but I don’t go for what most people would call a traditional menu.  We are not in Seattle for Thanksgiving and I am in charge of dinner today.  Here is what is on the menu for the Tracer family today:

Duckling a l’orange–I checked the epicurious site and I am using the 1943 version, adapted, of course.  For example, I am using plain white vinegar and about 1/4 cup of white wine instead of white wine vinegar.

Wild rice, steamed.  If you’re interested in knowing more about authentic Indian wild rice, visit my hub

Brussels sprouts, steamed

Yam, steamed

Cranberries, jellied, from a can

Lettuce salad (mixed baby lettuce) with grated carrots, sliced cucumbers and for Skip, red bell peppers.  Vinaigrette on the side.

And for dessert, pecan pie, chess style, no corn syrup, just good old butter and sugar.  Check out this recipe from :,1637,151174-245202,00.html

I think the recipe contains a mistake–it calls for 1/2 stick of butter, but I think the writer got confused by the quantity 1/2 cup of butter vs. 1 stick of butter, which is why it is probably best to stick to standard units like 1/2 cup or weight units.  I used 1/2 cup of butter or 1 stick of butter and the recipe turned out perfect.

This really deviates from the traditional meal involving turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, candied yams, olives, salad, rolls, and at least two kinds of pie.  We used to eat pumpkin pie and mincemeat, which really wasn’t meat, but chopped apples and raisins.


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