It's been a while since I had time to update my Fabulous Stuff list in the sidebar, so now that we're into the fall season, it's time. I'm a bit too late in the season to share fun Halloween ideas, but wow! Did I ever find some great things to help you get your Thanksgiving dinner on the table in style!
I don't know about you, but I don't recall it being all that easy to find a good, deep roasting pan anywhere. Disclaimer: OK, I've never actually bought one because I've never cooked a whole turkey from scratch. And our oven here in Paris is too small for a whole turkey anyway. But if I WERE in the market to buy one, this one from Calphalon, with the roasting rack, is the one I'd invest in.
To go with it, you'll need these special turkey-lifting forks! My mom has something just like these, and they work great.
And what do you need to lift the turkey onto? A great carving board. This one has the grooves for the juices and some spikes to keep the bird from sliding off the board while you're carving. My mother has something similar that she got as a wedding gift in 1959 and she still swears by it for turkey or a large roast.
Of course, let's not forget the gravy... this is a great gadget to help you separate out the fat from the yummy meat juices. Every cook should have one.
And to decorate your table, what could be more festive than a cornucopia? If you're crafty (which I'm not - apparently I did NOT get that gene from my grandmother, mother and younger sister), you can make your own with this lovely basket. And if you're like me (craft-challenged), you might like this centerpiece, which I chose because you could really have it in your dining room all through the autumn, not just for Thanksgiving.
Happy Thanksgiving, all!