Friday, December 3, 2010

Thanksgiving at our house this year


First, Mr Man spilled a combination of Country Time Pink Lemonade and strawberry jam on our keyboard so it is basically useless.  So I followed Kim Komndo's advice and put the keyboard in the dishwasher to clean it off.... Guess what?!? it didn't work!  After giving it a full 24 hours to dry it was sort of usable except for the spacebar, the comma and every number lower than 5 (all of my passwords have a number below 5 in them).  So, I picked up the trusty laptop to work on my blog and well, I kind of feel like a hoofed mammal whenever I use this thing Jeez could the keys be smaller? I hit 2-3 keys at a time every time that I pound on this thing.  Then God forbid that I touch the rectangular sensor thingie (Technical term you know) below the keyboard then the cursor jumps to the middle of the page and I start to type over what I have already written.  So I have been slow to update...

Oh, I need to mention some back story; at work all of us have to work two holidays each year...I usually pick Thanksgiving because I get both of my holidays out of the way all at once (Thursday and Friday are both holidays to my company).  So it ends up being a long long weekend.  This year Kris was going to make Thanksgiving dinner (Ham and Scalloped Potatoes, we aren’t really turkey eaters) then my 11 year Miss El called and asked if she could spend the Holiday with us.  That is when I did the culinary version of pushing my beautiful wife out of the way so I could make dinner.  In the days before the holiday I did the shopping and spent way more than I should have.  Then I made my Vodka Cranberries, and prepared the recipe that I am going to talk about today.

The menu was:
Beef Tenderloin in a Red Wine Reduction
Vodka Cranberries
Sweet Potato Hash
Mashed Potatoes
Grilled Vegetables with Roasted Garlic Aioli
Molten Chocolate Cake

Most of this I have made before so I won’t dwell on them too much, though I do have to look at my Red Wine Reduction again… I don’t think it was this good the last time I made it

Grilled Vegetables with Roasted Garlic Aioli

Roasted Garlic Aioli
1 full bulb of Garlic Roasted
2 Egg Yolks
Juice from one lemon
1 tsp dijon mustard
1/2 cup Olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

To Roast the Garlic cut the top off of a full bulb of garlic lightly coat with olive oil (or be lazy and use pan spray) then loosely wrap in foil and bake in a 350 degree oven for about an hour.  The cool on the counter until you are ready.  When you are ready to go just squeeze the gooey garlic into a bowl, add the rest of you ingredients and wisk until smooth.

Grilled Vegetables can really be whatever you like mine were
Carrots Cut Long and thin
Yellow Squash
Portobello Mushroom Caps

I let mine soak in Balsamic Vinegar, Olive Oil and spices for about half an hour then tossed them on the grill.  Couldn't have been easier.  This was a nice addition to the meal and was there to snack on before and after the our dinner


  1. Hi Bryan! I so wish I could have come over for this delightful feast. You must be an excellent host! Your menu looks delicious, and I'm sure a great time was had by all. I'm sorry about your poor keyboard though. Thank you for sharing, my friend!

  2. Never heard of the dishwasher trick...but I guess I won't ever try it if it doesn't work well. :O
    Kim usually has good tips.
    I have a new keyboard and the space bar is not quite the same, so I keep hitting the "n" key. So annoying.

    Anyway, roasted veggies sound great to me!

  3. What a fantastic meal, it looks great! Sorry about your keyboard, so frustrating!

  4. That sounds like a thanksgiving menu fit for kings! I think it's kind of funny, the two waves of thanksgiving food from Canadian food bloggers and then the American ones.
    Sorry to hear about your keyboard!

  5. These veggies look so good! I will have to bring out my george foreman and make some soon! :)

  6. YUMMO!
    Bugger about the keyboard but sounds like your all over in now.
    your veggies looks wonderful

  7. It looks like your T-day meal was delicious! I love the veggies.