My Latest Toy: OXO Adjustable Potato Ricer

Say hello to my latest kitchen gadget:

After lots of thought, I finally decided to buy a potato ricer. What’s it used for? Potato ricers help you achieve the fluffiest, lump-free mashed potatoes you can imagine. You can also use it to rice potatoes to make gnocchi, which I hope to learn to do one day. The ricer shown above, made my OXO, is available exclusively at Williams-Sonoma. It has an adjustable disk that allows you to switch from fine to medium to coarse settings. With Thanksgiving coming up, I wanted to make sure my mashed potatoes were smooth, buttery and delicious. I’ll let you know how they turn out!

Only Two Weeks Until Thanksgiving!

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Hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is just two weeks away! This year, I started my holiday planning a lot later than intended. In fact, I haven’t even given any thought to what size turkey I’ll be roasting. Until last night, I didn’t even know whether or not we would have any guests joining us! The husband works on Thanksgiving Eve and into the following morning, so we planned on having dinner in our home. I expected my in-laws to join us that day, since we usually alternate the holiday between John’s family and mine. Last night, however, I found out they have other plans, so I’ll be making Thanksgiving dinner for me and my boys.

Since I’ll only be cooking for us three, the menu is small, but definitely not lacking! For Thanksgiving, I love to prepare a big meal and be left with plenty of leftovers. Transforming leftovers into a deliciously different dish is almost as fun as planning for the holiday itself. I know to some, that may sound utterly insane. Many people can’t wait to get the holidays over with and completely loathe spending time in the kitchen. I am definitely not one of those people! Although the madness can sometimes be overwhelming, I truly enjoy cooking for my family.

In my family, Thanksgiving dinner is eaten early, usually around one or two o’clock in the afternoon. This year’s menu will still include appetizers, just so my boys can have something to munch on while the turkey roasts. Here’s what I have planned for this Thanksgiving:

Hor D’Oeuvres:
Stuffed Mushrooms
Spinach Artichoke Dip (a request from the hubby!)

Main Course:
Roast Turkey with Gravy
Mashed Potatoes
Sausage and Chestnut Stuffing
Green Bean and Mushroom Saute

Bread Basket:
Dinner Rolls

Pecan Pie with Whiskey Maple Cream Sauce

Have you started planning for Turkey Day? What’s on your menu?