Tomorrow’s the big event, and it takes a lot of prep to get Thanksgiving ready. Last year, I was hosting it and days in advance I had made several different things (like cranberry sauce, which didn’t gel).
This year, I am not hosting it. I’m going to someone else’s holiday dinner. At this point in my life, that is exceptionally weird. But, hey, life changes. So I got to thinking about it, and I realized, I should share what it looks like to get ready to go to someone else’s holiday dinner. That’s perfect, right?
So, my first somewhat in-real-time “getting ready to go” event!
It started with rolls. We’re the ones in charge of bringing rolls and cranberry sauce to the family. Which wouldn’t be hard, but there’ll be 18 diners there, 8 of whom cannot consume gluten but do want rolls. Bill’s been testing recipes for a few days now, and I think we have it down. We’ll find out tonight. But these rolls were damn tasty, even without gluten.
I planned the beers I’m taking, which are some from my MetaCookbook post about ruling the beer fridge and some from my general recommendation guest post at The Kitchenista Diaries. And, since I just found out I PASSED, you can bet I’m going to use that if I have to to show my expertise on beer and food. It’s good to be a Certified Cicerone® on Thanksgiving. This year, at least. But I just put them in the fridge. I’m trying to figure out right now how to keep them upright in the cooler, as the two big bottles have still got yeast in the bottom that I don’t want to kick up.
Ok! It’s 11:04 am PST, and I’m going to hit “publish” and I will edit throughout the day to show you guys what else we do. Like make the cranberry sauce! Or go see if I can find good Ground Breaker beers for our loved ones who cannot eat gluten!
1:43 pm: I’ve forgotten breakfast and had a doctor’s appointment. I attempted to go to the grocery store.
Gluten free flour blend x2
It’s a short list, but it’s all over the store. The store nearest the doctor’s office had a 100% full parking lot, and no street parking many blocks. I decided to go to my favorite grocery store, because 1) I know where everything is and 2) they have a giant empty lot nearby that I bet I can park in if needed.
I also decided that the headache from the doctor’s appointment was probably also a lack of food and a lack of hydraytion. So I paused for fortifications of the fast variety. I am typing this over a lunch at Wendy’s. The fries are fresh and salty.
3:31 pm: I’ve been to the grocery store. Twice. My list was supposed to include instant yeast, but I didn’t manage to add it, so I forgot it and turned around and went back. I got the last packets of instant yeast on sale.
At the store the first time, I gave very fast directions to a nice woman who needed gluten-free rolls for her family. Luckily, since Bill and I had just figured out what to do, it was easy to help her. That’s a nice feeling.
I nixed Delicata Squash. I didn’t like the looks of any of the squash, but this means I cannot bring a surprise custard to the party. Oh, well!
On the plus side, I found gluten-free beers for our family. Better yet? I found a gluten-free dubbel; which is one of the styles I recommended as general good beers for Thanksgiving! That felt pretty darn awesome, and I can’t wait to try it with our family.