It’s my favorite day of the year! From the aroma of delicious food cooking all day, parades and football on TV, to connecting with friends and spending the day with My Sweet Babboo, it is the best day of the year. Often, my birthday falls during the holiday weekend, so sometimes there is cake, too. In the quiet of the morning, I like to remember all the things I am grateful for – health and family, friends and faithful readers like you, our home in the mountains, food on the table, and time to enjoy it all in safety and security in a free country.
Yesterday was a prep-cooking day, and I spent several happy hours just piddling around, listening to some quiet music on cds from several new age artists, one called Thanksgiving from several Windham Hill artists. I started by mixing the dough for my Rustic Egg Bread, a recipe I adapted from a Bon Appetit recipe. This recipe is pretty easy, uses ingredients everyone has in their cabinet, and can be baking in just a few hours. So you can set the dough to do its first rise this morning, and have fresh baked bread for your holiday meal later today. I mixed mine with my stand mixer and a dough hook. It is easy to see when a little more flour is needed to make the soft, sticky dough.
Into an oiled bowl for the first rise, while I did some other chores. About 90 minutes later, I had this. Punch down and let it rise again.
I got to work on the dressing, toasting my bread cubes, cooking some sausage and onions, then mixing it with herbs and broth. It went into a baking dish, then the refrigerator. It will be baked this afternoon.
After that, the bread was punched down for the second time. Instead of making braids this time, I formed it into a long loaf, thinking it would come out like a baguette.
While the bread did its final rise, I mixed up some mixed berries with a bit of sugar, flour and corn syrup for the little pies My Sweet Babboo likes. I baked them about 20 minutes. The crusts are premade Dutch Ann tart shells.
Then the loaf was ready to bake, while the oven was still hot. The loaf spread out a lot more than I thought it would. Next time I’ll do it in a loaf pan, LOL! But it made the whole house smell like baking bread, wonderful. Although it might be a little flat for sandwiches like I had planned, it will be great served warm with butter. If you’d like the recipe, here’s a pdf – Rustic Egg Bread.
This morning, while a Breakfast Casserole bakes in the oven filling the air with a savory aroma of sausage, cheese, onions and eggs, I’ll be watching parades in my jammies. We’ll have breakfast on the turkey plates.
I did a post on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and some of its history HERE, if you’d like to see that. I’ve included some photos from their press packets of bygone years, and some details about the 1947 version of Miracle on 34th Street which began filming at the parade in 1946. We know the holidays are beginning when Tom Turkey makes his appearance!
I do wish that the CBS would go back to showing their Thanksgiving across America parade show that would cover the Chicago parade, the Disney parade, and the one in Hawaii. I liked seeing all the variety. I watched a few of the parades from the 1980s on you tube on Wednesday, oh the hair styles!
Then later, we’ll watch the football games and cook a Slow Roasted Turkey.
The day will be even better as I chat with friends both online and on the phone, catching up and enjoying Thanksgiving. To my readers outside the USA, have a great week, and a fun holiday season coming up.
Share your Thanksgiving and Holiday stories in the comments today.
Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday, with lots of love and laughter.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
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