Happy happy turkey day everyone!
I hope you all had a lovely day filled with the company of loved ones, and of course, loved food!
I had a GREAT thanksgiving day with my friend Rachel. We cooked our first turkey day meal together, but with a twist!
We cooked a CARIBBEAN thanksgiving turkey dinner 😉
Since we were only cooking for three, we didn’t want to cook an entire turkey. Plus, we wanted to try new flavors, and expand our repertoire with new flavor combinations. So we went with Caribbean Jerk Spice Turkey Burgers. Ummmm… heaven!!! Not only was this burger extremely exotic and flavorful, it was new, exciting, different, and easy!!! It was exceptionally tastey, because Rachel used all fresh herbs and spices. I think fresh spices make ALL the difference in the world! This burger had an amazing cinnamon flavor, and some heat from the cayenne pepper. It was such a refreshing twist to the traditional roasted turkey!
We took turkey and sweet potatoes, which are classic Turkey day ingredients, and put a tropical twist to it. The burger contained breadcrumbs, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, chives, cayenne pepper, nutmeg, cumin, and probably some more spices. (Rachel…! Please teach me how to make this recipe!) The sweet potatoes had brown sugar, olive oil, salt and pepper, and cumin. Amazing. Fabulous.
We also had the yummy pumpkin cake I made for James for dessert. James is in Texas with his relatives for the break. But he’s going to be gone for 6 days!!!!!!!!! 😦 I’m really sad about this. I really miss him already….! And he’s only been gone for two days. But I still don’t get to see him for four more days. Booooo. It’s so hard, because we live so close and we basically get to see each other almost every day, or at least every other day. So it’s hard to not see him for so long….. BUT. Instead of complaining today, I should be GRATEFUL that I have such an AMAZING person in my life I get to spend so much time with, and look forward to Monday night, when I get to see him. 🙂 And for all of you who have long distance relationships, I have so much respect for you. You are all such troopers! But let’s be thankful for the love we are fortunate enough to have enough to experience in our lives ❤
Back to the topic of food, the pumpkin cake was moist, fluffy, and perfect.
Confession; I ate 2/3 of the cake. By myself. I am not kidding or lying. Oops. haha
I also ate about 1/3 of a key lime pie. (not photographed.) Sugar high much? 😉
We did have one KITCHEN CATASTROPHE. Thanksgiving dinner is not complete without a mishap, right? haha. Well, I have gonna make Butternut Squash Fries. OK. I cut up the squash, line it up on the baking tray, sprinkle a little oil on it, and sprinkle some salt onto it. I was on my last sprinkle of salt when POOF!
The lid of the salt canister fell off, and the ENTIRE contents of the salt container spilled onto my butternut squash!!!! The entire pan is covered in a mountain of salt. Sea salt, none the less. I can only see tiny bits of the squash peeking through the salt. Oooooooh crap! What do I do….?
I decided to shake off the excess salt and bake it anyway. I take it out, and try a little taste. ICK! EW! Peee-ew! Yucko! Ugh. It was like eating a spoonful of sea salt. It was quite possibly the saltiest thing I have ever eaten. I tried to salvage it by baking it with some brown sugar. Didn’t work. I tried making butternut squash soup with some chicken stock, butter,cream, olive oil, milk, and brown sugar. (Not low-calorie at all!) It did make it taste good, but it was sooooooo salty still! I even put some sliced potatoes in there, because apparently, potatoes suck up some of the saltiness. Didn’t work. I really tried my best to salvage my butternut squash disaster, but alas, at the end of the night, I had to throw it away. I hate throwing food away. Oh well. It was soooooooo salty. In the process of trying to save my disaster, I ended up eating so much salt! I was incredibly thirsty for the rest of the night and ended up chugging like, 7 cups of water! haha.
All in all, I had such a great thanksgiving day 🙂 It was so nice to spend it with such a great friend. It definitely helps me miss James less. I hope everyone had a great day too, free of kitchen catastrophes!!!!!
And because today is a day of being thankful, I wanted to share photos that make me feel incredibly grateful 🙂
And last but not least, I am thankful for all my fantastic blog readers!
I’m off to run a bajillion miles tomorrow morning to run off some of that cake!