This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he always thought the garden was his. Even though I do all the work, he always stood by me. I'm located near Boston (in USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot and a backyard vegetable garden. I use sustainable organic methods and try to grow all of my family's vegetables.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Thanksgiving plans

Its that time of year again! Time for a feast! I will be serving a crowd. Looks like 10 guests so far.

We have a new smoker this year and will smoke the turkey outside in it. Maybe some fish too.

But the very exciting thing is that I may be able to provide ALL the vegetables from my garden this year! With the mild weather, I have a nice crop of lettuce, spinach, parsnips, Chinese greens and herbs parsley and sage still in the garden. Also lots of already harvested stuff: celeriac, potatoes, squash and pumpkin, onions, garlic, winter radish, cabbage, carrots and beets. And frozen stuff: red sauce and pesto.

I'm starting to work on a menu. (Suggestions welcome!)

The menu so far (still changing):
Pumpkin soup (Jarrahdale, served in the shell, I have a great recipe)
Smoked turkey with celeriac, onion and sage stuffing and classic gravy
Mashed potatoes
Butternut squash (roast pureed or baked/candied?)
Grilled carrots
Grilled bok choy
A big casserole of some type
Fall greens salad (with cranberries, pecans and goat cheese)
Mixed breads (corn bread, black bread etc)

My mom and brother always bring the pies.... I hope they will again this year.



Blogger Marblehead Chicken said...

That is a great goal to shoot for -- providing all the vegetables for thanksgiving dinner from your garden.

November 14, 2009 11:23 AM

Anonymous Margaret said...

We also smoke our turkey outdoors, but then the skin is really blackened. Do you bring your turkey to the table that way, or do you carve it first? What's your secret?

November 14, 2009 12:12 PM

Blogger Michelle said...

How fantastic that you will be able to provide all of the produce!! I love that!

So...what time is dinner? Have room for one more? Yum!

November 14, 2009 12:22 PM

Blogger kathy said...

My husband has grilled the turkey outside for many years and the skin doesn't get blackened. Its crispy and delicious. Very moist meat. I'll get him to write how he does this sometime this week.

November 14, 2009 3:45 PM

Blogger Kalena Michele said...

Smoked turkey...OMG. I need to go swimming for the next ten days to get lean enough for the feast. The celeriac, onion, and sage stuffing sounds amazing! If you ever want to share, please post the recipe. As for the casserole, some sort of rice casserole would probably be good. Have it feature some of your backyard veggies. Call it Backyard Rice Casserole. lol

November 14, 2009 10:56 PM

Blogger Gary Jen and Ruby said...

Sounds great , room for any more guests ? (just kidding)

Any chance of the recipe for the pumpkin soup ? I could add it to our recipe blog if you like, and link it back to you?

Have a look at


November 15, 2009 6:03 AM

Blogger aliceb said...

Poor me, way out here on the west coast. I’ve been there enough to know what I am missing! I look forward to more prologue and then The Feast….told in images and words.

November 15, 2009 12:20 PM

Blogger Stacy said...

I tried a great recipe from The Food Network website. Sweet and Sour Butternut Squash from Mario Batali. My husband tried it and immediately demanded that I make it for Thanksgiving. That really is a compliment because he has never demanded I make anything! I did not make it in the ring shapes I just diced it up in half inch wide strips so I would have room to put it all on one pan. It did turn out great!

November 15, 2009 9:22 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Thanks Stacy. I just printed this out and will try it soon. I even have mint leaves still out in the garden.

November 15, 2009 10:33 PM

Blogger Vickie said...

Yes, poor me too. I second aliceb.

November 24, 2009 12:35 PM

Blogger victoria T. said...

I guess it's *all in the family* with these comments, Kathy. They all sound sad and lonely that they won't be here. Too bad. We'll miss them!!

November 24, 2009 9:10 PM


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