What did you do for Thanksgiving?

What did you do for Thanksgiving?

Monday, November 30th, 2020

Here in Bologna I cooked a turkey breast, made cranberry sauce and roasted green beans and carrots with shallots. It was something of an adventure. I went to a nearby butcher shop (macelleria) and bought a half turkey breast. I was going to buy a whole one until I saw the size. Even a half was 2 kilos (about 4.4 pounds!). I had seen a recipe in the New York times about a method to cook it which was described as absolutely the best (Torrisi’s Turkey). The name comes from an Italian-American restaurant in New York. It’s pretty complicated but I was up to the challenge. It turns out to be a type of sous vide cooking that you can do in the oven at home. If you’re interested here is a link to the recipe: https://food52.com/blog/11723-torrisi-s-turkey. It really is good and we’ve now made 3 meals of it and there’s still some, well, a lot left that I want to find another use for rather than just slices of delicious turkey breast on a plate.

The turkey breast and veggies
Dessert – yum

For the cranberry sauce I had to use dried cranberries since I could find no fresh ones here. Since they are sold mainly as snack foods they have a significant amount of sugar added so I added almost no sugar. It came out well as did the veggies.

We drank a wine from Piedmont (Torino is the capital) Рa Ruch̬. Then after dinner two little fruit tarts from a good pastry shop not far from where we live and followed by a little glass of Armagnac which I generously share with Laura.

And of course another little quotation from one of those Perugina Baci. In fact I’ll do two in case I’ve already used one

I always astonish myself. It is the only thing that makes life worth living.
Io continuo a supirmi.
E’ la sola cosa che renda la vita degna di essere vissuta.

Oscar Wilde

Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony.
La felicità è quando ciò che pensi, ciò che dici e ciò che fai sono in armonia.

Mahatma Gandhi

Stay safe – wear a mask and do all of the other things you know that you should do.

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P.S.I have no idea why the photos are distorted. I’m working on it.

P.P.S. I think that I’ve fixed it, at least found a workaround.

2 Responses to “What did you do for Thanksgiving?”

  1. Diane McKallip Says:

    Nice one!!!

  2. Joe Says:

    Thanks for the comment!

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