The Neighbor Cooks Tuesdays???

by Cate on November 23, 2005

In the latest submission for Ripley’s Believe It or Not, The Neighbor actually cooked for US tonight! Last night, she made a big batch of stuffed shells, and dropped off half of it for dinner tonight, which worked out perfectly since I wasn’t home for dinner. I could get used to that!

I may never set foot in a grocery store again … one of our local grocery stores has FINALLY jumped on the “home delivery” bandwagon and I just placed my first order. Keeps me out of the grocery store tomorrow during the mad Thanksgiving rush, and even better, they’ll bring all the groceries up the 30 steps to our front door. Definitely cannot beat that! I could get very used to this. It took me just a few minutes to place my order, and I can still take advantage of the weekly specials. Very cool, and about time. It’s been in other areas for awhile, but even though we’re in a pretty populated area, it has been a little slow in coming here. Hurrah!

Finally got my Thanksgiving menu planned. Here’s the agenda:

To be served with sliced warm baguettes: Butternut, Goat Cheese and Walnut Spread; Sun-Dried Tomato Spread and Brown Sugar Almond Brie
Sausage Balls
Turkey and Gravy, The Husband’s specialty
Potatoes Au Gratin
Stuffing (of course!)
Cranberry Conserve
Cranberry Broccoli Salad
Brown Sugar Glazed Sweet Potatoes
Mashed White Beans
Coconut Rice (because Nicholas won’t touch the other veggies planned)

Mom’s taking care of dessert, which, so far, is rumored to be Pumpkin and Apple Pies. I’ve got all my groceries already ordered, and I’m planning on making the spreads and the Cranberry Broccoli Salad tomorrow night (since we’re getting Chinese take-out for dinner, I’ll have extra time). The Husband actually cooks the turkey at a low temperature overnight which produces a really great juicy and flavorful turkey and better still, frees up the oven so I can have it all day Thursday. I think I’m in pretty good shape.

OK folks, all for tonight. Holla back and let me know what goodies you’re making for Thanksgiving. I’d love to hear about it. Until tomorrow…

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Jeff November 23, 2005 at 4:19 am

Hi Sweetnicks! Sounds like a GREAT Thanksgiving menu. Joe’s got everything covered for our Thanksgiving meal – which means I’m very thankful! :)

Hope you, The Husband and Nicholas have a fantastic and wonderful day!


Lex November 23, 2005 at 4:31 am

Love reading your blog every nite. We are planning on a broccoli, dried cranberry, pear, lemon yogurt salad served over spinach leaves (my own made-up recipe, but coud be a real one out there). I was wondering what your broccoli cranberry salad was like…? Thanks and happy thanksgiving!


Stephanie November 23, 2005 at 5:16 am

I agree; grocery home delivery is a great concept.

My 80+ year old grandfather gets the local BiLo to bring groceries to his ‘old folks’ apartment each week, and it’s a huge help.

But Matt and I couldn’t do it…we love shopping for food! We do it as a family, and have so much fun.

I know it would be easier to go on-line and let some one else do the work, but unless I become arthritic or lose limbs, I’ll stick to walking the aisles!

But I’m glad it’s working out for you; I would hate for anyone to have to shop Wednesday…or, for that matter…Friday!

Happy T-day to you guys…


Cate November 24, 2005 at 3:18 am

Jeff – sounds like you’re a lucky guy, and in great hands. Happy Thanksgiving to both of you!

Lex – thanks for being a regular visitor! :) The Broccoli Cranberry Salad is really delicious, and incredibly simple to make. I’ll post the recipe tomorrow. Yours sounds great too – I’d love to hear how it turns out.

Steph – I DO love grocery shopping, it’s the lugging the groceries up the 30 steps to the house that are a drag. So since my order included 8 cases of soda, 4 cases of water and cat litter, it was DEFINITELY worth it. Hope you, Matt and Alex have a wonderful holiday!


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