It's that time again. Thanksgiving.
I know it seems a bit early but I have to get started on this soon as I will do most of the cooking. We will once again gather in Hollywood at the home of my friend. Last year we were 15. This year I imagine we will number about the same give or take one or two depending on who can be there.
We had at least one vegetarian who was not properly accommodated. I asked and was told no one had special dietary concerns. This year I know better. I am thinking I will make a hearty mac and cheese dish. I will suggest we skip the ham this year and substitute mac and cheese. This my first thought and I will gladly consider something else if someone has a good idea. As far as I know we have no vegans in the group. I will ask, though.
The menu last year very traditional. Turkey, stuffing (two kinds - cornbread and bacon and Silver Palette's Grand Marnier stuffing), ham, mashed potatoes, yams, a green salad, green beans, a jello mold thing (a must have from one family), multiple kinds of cranberry sauce, various pies, cheesecake. Nothing unusual.
I'll send an email off to everyone to jump start things soon.
Because I am far away and will arrive the night before I will begin prepping and freezing things that will handle freezing like the unbaked stuffing and the pumpkin I will cook and puree. I will also make a small turkey in advance so that I can make gravy and not have to make it on the spot. I want to spread out the work more than I did last year. Do you think I can make mac and cheese ahead and freeze it? Baked or unbaked?