Turkey Day

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 19mm, f/5, 1/75 sec, ISO6400
“Little Turkey” Cedar Park, 2020

Gobble gobble! 🦃

Thanksgiving Feast

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 19mm, f/3.2, 1/100 sec, ISO2000
“The Bird” Cedar Park, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving! Well, the dry-brined turkey turned out great. It’s funny, because after Thanksgiving each year, I think to myself that I should roast a turkey (small one) more than just once a year since it is so easy. But I never do…

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 19mm, f/3.2, 1/100 sec, ISO2500
“The Kids” Cedar Park, 2019

Anyways, this year two other families joined us and everyone’s children are getting bigger. And they have started bringing their girlfriends/boyfriends as well, which is new. There were six “kids” this year, three college freshman, and three in high school – they really do grow up so fast!

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 19mm, f/3.6, 1/80 sec, ISO3200
“Thanksgiving Spread” Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 19mm, f/3.6, 1/100 sec, ISO3200
“Thanksgiving Insta” Cedar Park, 2019

I hope you had a nice holiday if you celebrated!


Thanksgiving Dinner

"Thanksgiving Plate" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: OLYMPUS E-PL9, 16mm, f/3.7, 1/160 sec, ISO6400
“Thanksgiving Plate” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Tonight we had three guests over for Thanksgiving dinner. It was actually the smallest gathering we’ve had for Thanksgiving in a long time, and it was a nice change of pace! Because there were only seven of us, I prepared a 15-pound turkey, which I brined in salt water, with sugar, mango juice, rosemary, and peppercorns. Not only is roasting a smaller bird easy, but the prep is nicer too, with shorter defrosting times, easier brining, less space needed in the fridge, and cleanup is a snap.

I also think the smaller bird also cooks more evenly, and in less time, it’s easy to get in and out of the oven and, carving is much more fun. Although I enjoy having a lot of people over, I’ll take advantage of this year’s more relaxing Thanksgiving. 😄

"Two Stuffings" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: OLYMPUS E-PL9, 18mm, f/3.9, 1/160 sec, ISO6400
“Two Stuffings” Cedar Park, 2018

This year, I prepared two batches of dressing: one regular, and one with oysters. The oyster dressing has been a tradition in our family since I was a kid, and I still love it – it’s my favorite dish of the feast! But I also made a smaller portion without the oysters because Bay is not fond of them, and I wasn’t sure if our guests liked them either. Next year, I think I’ll just stick with oyster dressing because Bay was able to tolerate it without too much fussing, I like to introduce a new type of dressing to those who haven’t tried it yet. And I believe that eventually, Bay will learn to love it too! 🤤

"Group Photo" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 18.8mm, f/2.8, 1/15 sec, ISO400
“Group Photo” Cedar Park, 2018

I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving!