Pretty standard fare, nothing too wild about this menu, except it is seriously lacking in veggies. But there is always a crudite platter to munch on before dinner, right next to the olives & pickles.
This is the second year I'm attempting my grandmother's scalloped corn. Last year it was delicious, but it wasn't very much like Grandma's. Her corn recipe was thick and custardy, and I know there were eggs, but that is the extent of my knowledge. Most of the recipes include corn bread, and I don't remember a corn bread taste or texture. We'll see how it turns out this year.
One of my sisters-in-law is making rolls from scratch. I need to watch how she does this. Someday I'll conquer my fear of yeast. (it's ALIVE, people!)
My other sister-in-law will probably tackle the green bean casserole, because she nailed it during her last visit.
My mother-in-law is making a family recipe for the dressing, and the famous Stevens noodles. These noodles are so yummy - a traditional Belgian recipe that she learned from her own MIL many years ago.
Jason is in charge of the turkey and ham. He fries the turkey every year, after brining and injecting flavor. Oh yes, this is serious business. I can't express how much I appreciate being able to focus on the side dishes and leave the main dish in his capable hands.
And this year I decided to tackle coconut cream pie, which is brand new for me. Pumpkin pie might as well be made of canned cat food, because no one goes near it in this house. I'd rather make something that will be eaten.
Add a couple of appetizers, some fun cocktails, a few bottles of wine, the obligatory football game, and we're looking forward to a great holiday with family!