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there's a reward waiting for you.
As for me, my trip to Mt Sinai last week answered several questions about my liver. I don't have Hep C which I told them since I tested neg over 4 years ago so the only way I could have gotten it was by transfusion. Yes, it has been that long. I do however have Cirrhosis of the liver. They don't know why I have it yet (I don't really drink) but am having an endoscopy tomorrow (Tuesday) and need to schedule a biopsy. I do have an increased risk of liver cancer and will need regular scans every 6 months.
Thanksgiving in bullet points:
- It was extremely important to me that this Thanksgiving be everything my Mom would have made it. A normal Thanksgiving at her home with her family and good food. I did it all for her. I think that's where I got all the extra energy I needed to succeed and succeed I did.
- Monday I steam cleaned the stairs, living room, dining room, den and 3 bedrooms. I cleaned the kitchen and all the pots and dishes I'd be using. Mom and I went food shopping and got the turkey breasts and most everything else we needed.
- Tuesday I went to Mt Sinai in NYC and pigged out on street cart hot dogs and pretzels and did some window shopping. I started reading 11/22/1963 by Stephen King. It's about a guy who goes back in time and stops the Kennedy assassination and how it changes the future. It is also likely the date of my conception since I was born 9 months later on 8/26/1964.
- Wednesday I ran a few am errands and waited for the fire place repairman who was running very late and I started cooking for Thanksgiving at 2pm. I made the following:
- Spinach and Artichoke Dip by Paula Dean - so easy and amazing!
- Smashed Sweet Potatoes by The Barefoot Contessa for the 1st time and it was a huge hit!
- Homemade Gravy by The Barefoot Contessa for the 1st time - quick and easy (like I used to be) and not a drop left. It did take more time then stated and make sure you use low sodium broth.
- Cranberry Fruit Conserve by The Barefoot Contessa for the 1st time - what the hell is a conserve? It looked like a cranberry sauce (I made the canned kind too) but with apples, spices and orange and lemon juice and zest. It came out too tart but was still good and will be better next time.
- Turnips by my Mom - also known as rutabagas and my favorite, hard to peel but so worth it.
- Butternut Squash and Apple Soup by The Barefoot Contessa for the 1st time. If you like butternut squash you'll enjoy this soup - lots of chopping.
- Hollywood Two Tone Cheese Cake by me. It's a sorta stolen recipe that I've been making for over 30 years. Pics and recipe to be posted Thursday.
- Clean and dress the turkey breasts and get them in the oven by 12:30 - they were perfect.
- Peel, cook and whip 10 lbs of yukon golds.
- Make the stuffing by Mom.
- Make two kinds of cauliflower - creamed and with sharp cheddar cheese and bread crumbs.
- Blanch and peel the pearl onions - I really hate doing these.
- Make the cream sauce for the cauliflower and onions.
- Start heating up the dishes I made on Wednesday.
- Clean the bathrooms and take a shower
- Take down the centerpiece (it was very complex and big this year), add 2 leafs to the table, bring the extra chairs up from the basement and then set the table. Mom likes it all done before guests arrive which went from 9 to 15 with no one telling me!
- Carve the turkeys, set out the food and bake the crescent rolls.
- RING THE DINNER BELL!
The meal turned out to be one of the best cooked Thanksgiving meals we've had in years. Over the years I have helped more and more but this year it was me 100%. Looking back, I don't know how my mom did it. I know my Grandpa (Mom's Dad) would cook the holiday meals but he had 11
slaves...children to assist him in cooking for 25 or more!. He would then go to the Knights of Columbus and cook there.
We finished with desserts of apple and cherry pies and my cheese cake and some Bailey's. I got everyone to help clear and clean because I was spent.