….and my oven caught fire today.
Chilling in my fridge, I have: 14-pound turkey, old-fashioned cornbread dressing, scalloped corn, caramelized onions au gratin, home-canned whole berry cranberry sauce, and bourbon cheesecake. In the oven right now, pumpkin pie with rum and walnuts. Going in next–shoo-fly pie then quick fudge brownies. The ultimate breakfast casserole will also go into the fridge tonight for the morning. Also on my Thanksgiving menu (to be prepared tomorrow), cornmeal yeast rolls, mashed potatoes, gravy (of course), and buttery peas.
Links to all of these recipes are here in my Thanksgiving favorites except for:
Bourbon cheesecake is the same recipe as for classic cheesecake except take out the teaspoon of vanilla and add two tablespoons of bourbon. (Delicious.)
The desserts were all children-selected, plus Morgan voted for peas over green beans. And nobody wanted sweet potatoes or butternut squash but me so I capitulated to the pressure.
Oh–back to the oven fire!!! So, I baked four loaves of Grandmother Bread in the last 24 hours. Before a holiday, I usually cook some big meat thing to slice up and make several days of easy sandwich dinners while I’m preparing the feast. I need a lot of sliced Grandmother Bread–for the sandwiches and for the various other things such as the dressing, bread crumbs for casseroles, and even more for the breakfast casserole. I was taking the fourth loaf of bread out this afternoon when I realized there was a tiny FLAME in the bottom of the oven. Seems it’s been a while since I cleaned the oven. The crud caught on fire all by itself. In case you don’t know what to do if you have an oven fire–you can toss baking soda on it, or put an upside down pan over it, or sometimes it’s enough to just shut the oven door and deprive the flame of oxygen. (Number three worked for me.) No time for a full-out oven cleaning, but after the oven cooled down I scraped it good and wiped it out so I could keep on baking.
How is your Thanksgiving prep coming? Is your oven on fire yet? If it’s not, YOU’RE NOT BAKING HARD ENOUGH!
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