Tuesday, December 6, 2011

five pounds

Alternately titled: Why I gain at least five pounds when I spend a week with my parents. 

My Dad likes to cook. He likes to try new recipes and perfect old ones. It's awesome. We always eat good food. It's un-awesome in that I always seem to gain weight when I'm around him.

For Thanksgiving we brined our turkey for 3 days and then smoked it. It was gorgeous as well as the best tasting turkey I've ever had. Very moist and had the perfect amount of smoke flavor.

We made a pumpkin pie. My Dad made the crust, my Mom and I made the filling and my Dad and I made the leaves with extra crust to adorn the top. Classic pumpkin pie, great with a bit of whipped cream.

And of course the famous deviled eggs. My Dad and I worked on these together. Always a crowd pleaser. :)

Another day we whipped up a batch of raspberry sorbet. It takes a bit of time to strain out all the seeds, but it is oh so worth it.

It was the perfect balance of sweet and tang. Delicious.

A few days after that we made fresh clementine sorbet. And oh my goodness it tasted just like biting into a clementine! New favorite for sure.

Then, on the night before my sister and I had to journey back to Columbia, we made a batch of crème brûlée. It seems like an intimidating recipe, but it's actually pretty easy.

Baked in a water bath, coated with brown sugar and torched to make a yummy crust.

Smooth, creamy, delicious. Man, I could go some of that right now.

Luckily, I've managed to lose most of the weight I gained Thanksgiving week. But I'd better work on losing a few more - Christmas is right around the corner!

Anyone want to come over for some sorbet?

xoxo, christa


  1. Loved the food pictures. Made me hungrey. do come over and follow my blog.

  2. yum! what a spread :) everything looks delish...this is dangerous to look at in the morning....now i want lunch ;)

  3. Yum! Definately worth the pounds!

  4. Wow--where to start?? First, I didn't know you could brine a turkey. What exactly does that entail? However you cook it, that turkey looks awesome! And, on top of that, the creme brulee? The sorbet? YUM, YUM and YUM! :)

  5. C.J.
    I miss your Dad's Deviled Eggs..
    Mrs. B.

  6. Your dad is my kind of guy! I love cooking and trying new things. I might not come over for the sorbet, but expect me at your door if you make that tasty creme brulee. Any chance you have a recipe? I would love to make some to celebrate the new year!

  7. Wow! Your family's Thanksgiving feast looks amazing!Can't wait to see what you whip up for Christmas!

  8. I want to come over for sorbet! It looks amazing! I've cut out dairy, or mostly cut it out, and I cannot afford to always get that coconut milk ice cream so I've been thinking about sorbet. Although, the good kind probably costs as much as the coconut milk ice cream. Ha! What a feast! That pumpkin pie looks a-mazing and I actually want to try that turkey! This is coming from a non poultry fan.


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