A Bodacious Happy Thanksgiving!
I think these four photos are self-explanatory! The day before Thanksgiving, the six of us drove to Santa Monica's farmer's market to buy produce. It's the biggest street market I've ever seen. Wonderful produce. Afterwards Matt and I chopped till we dropped! This is the first time Matt used the turkey fryer Alice & Tom gave him. He suited up. The rest of us stepped waaay back as he lowered the turkey into the oil, mostly goofing around, but it also seemed kinda prudent. The turkey turned out moist and flavorful. Matt outdid himself in his tiny kitchen... besides the turkey, he prepared two different dressings, garlic-mashed taters, fresh cranberry sauce, fresh green bean casserole, a creole corn dish (spicy!), mac 'n cheese, and giblet gravy -- all made from scratch. Wow! Alice brought scalloped potatoes. Matt told me not to bring anything but me and Jimmy! This is the first time we've been able to spend Thanksgiving in California with Matt and Jen and he wanted to cook for us. We were honored - what could be nicer? The six of us (and three dogs: Maggie, Sophie and Charlie) had a wonderful day. With all his efforts, it's no wonder Matt was pooped after the meal.
Thank you, son, for a beautiful, bountiful Thanksgiving. We're proud of you. Love you!