Even though there were only 3 of us for dinner, I still made the usual feast, just smaller amounts (of some things). Michael and Jessi ate with her family, but they came here for dessert (and in Michael's case) carcass-picking.
New this year: Vegetables simmering to make vegetable stock for the stuffing. Jessi recently became a vegetarian. I didn't know if she would even eat any, but I was ready for her any way.
After draining off the stock, I gave the dogs some of the veggies and the turkey liver in their food.
Our bird. A modest 13 pounder, smoked to perfection. It was supoib as usual.
Basic yams. I don't go in for all that marshmallow stuff on top. These are par-boiled and tossed with margarine and brown sugar, then baked.
The stuffing casserole. This was Jerry's mom's recipe. It has bread cubes, apples, onions, celery, mushrooms, olives, walnuts, giblets and raisins. I made a special giblet-less portion for Jessi.
Jessi's beautiful apple pie.
We had about 3/4 of the turkey leftover, and ample amounts of the accessories as well, but I don't expect them to last more than a couple of days, except for one breast-half which I froze for later. The two days after Thanksgiving are usually spent constantly grazing on leftovers, right out of the fridge. That's good for me, because I came down with a cold last night, and at least I don't have to worry about cooking for a couple of days.