|Clockwise, from left: sweet potato casserole,|
green bean casserole, apple and bacon stuffing,
turkey with gravy, roasted beef tenderloin
with horseradish sauce
With ten folks around the table, and two others who had to come later in the evening, it was a great night of feasting celebration at the Roediger House. There was a 10th anniversary for a very special couple and I wanted to go all out for the dinner party. So I pulled up the standard holiday meal menu and went to town with it, leaving us all perhaps uncomfortably full by evening's end.
|Roasted Beef Tenderloin|
|Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast|
|Apple and Bacon Stuffing|
|Green Bean Casserole|
|Mookie, in the lead|
The sweet conclusion to the evening repast was an apple cake with caramel glaze, a testament to Garrett's baking prowess.
The evening became another grand slumber party, with pool and music and laughter and dancing, with only a limited few insisting that it was necessary to act one's age.
"Oven-Roasted Turkey Breast," Betty Crocker: Holiday Entrées, Sides, Brunches, & More, November 2001, p. 22-23.
"Beef Tenderloin in Wine Sauce" (p. 296) and "Spicy Horseradish Sauce" (p. 295), from The All-New Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook. Compiled and Edited by Julie Fisher Gunter. Oxmoor Press (2006).
"Layered Green Bean Casserole," from my sister Allison in Rossville, Indiana.
"Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Topping," from Southern Living Slow-Cooker Cookbook, (Oxmoor House, 2006), p. 234-235.
"Cornbread Stuffing with Apples and Bacon," from David Venable. From "In The Kitchen with David," on QVC.com.