Apple, pear and cranberry crumble!
Rolls, stage 1!
Duck, because turkey is verboten in Moi Household. Doing this one up Alton Style, with only a couple of slight modifications!
Duck being steamed!
Duck in my biggest cast iron pan (heated to "NASA hot") sputtering away and upsetting the heat/smoke detector!
For the record, all of my cast iron I personally restored from thrift store rust. Ego prevents me from not mentioning this whenever cast iron comes up in the conversation. My masterpiece so far was a dutch oven that had not been touched since 1970-something. That one was a favor for the landlord. Took a month! I enjoy restoring cast iron. Very labor intensive, but totally worth the effort. Anybody who will listen I tell do not buy overpriced, lower-quality new cast iron. Buy solid, old, rusty thrift store cast iron and restore it to Kick Ass.
Anywho...the duck at rest!
Even more fat came out of it during this stage. I was like, how much fat does this thing have?? And can I say how wonderfully crispy it was? And juicy inside! However I felt it needed more salt and I couldn't tell any added zing from the orange/pineapple juice brine. (Sorry, Alton.) The guests had no idea what I was talking about. Next time I'll do a dry salt brine with crushed garlic and see what happens.
And of course the duck fat from the steam bath set to boil, because no way do you waste that Delicious!
And later in the evening, ready to be scraped for freezing!
The pole beans!
No pics of the rolls because they're rolls. They look exactly like the other rolls I've posted around here. Tasty, but boring, you know? I forgot to take a picture of the yukon gold cubes w/chard & balsamic because that is done right before the sit-down. I fried that up in the duck pan since it was there and pre-oiled. O. My. God. I ended up hogging most of that dish.
They ate everything! I've got maybe a handful of crumble left. :)
I'm not allowed to talk in this space about what happened during the ritual Thanksgiving viewing of King Kong. It's not the thing in the header. I do the thing in the header almost every year.
I am allowed to say that one of the guests had never seen it before (!!!!) and, being not of the Midwest, did not have the tradition of King Kong being a critical part of the Thanksgiving celebration. I realized years ago that the Kong/Thanksgiving connection is a Midwest thing, so that wasn't weird.
But the rest of it was weird. I'm not allowed to say more. Here in this space, anyway. Heh.
It was a great Thanksgiving! Tomorrow I have to make a new Baby Cthulhu for the manger because the cat ate the last one, and then get started decorating for the season. Sparkly!