Thanksgiving is a popular holiday among the Fireside21 staff. (I think this is mostly because we all thoroughly enjoy a good meal, and an excuse to pig out at said meal!) In honor of this tasty holiday, here are some of the Thanksgiving goodies we enjoy!
Mark (senior programmer) enjoys turkey. Can’t go wrong with that on “Turkey Day!”
Kenny (director of outreach) is on a “runner’s diet,” and has fewer options than most for this hallowed holiday. However, he never gets tired of good ole mashed potatoes! His favorite recipe is below:INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 lbs yukon gold potatoes, peeled (as desired) and quartered length-wise 1/2 teaspoon salt 4 Tbsp heavy cream 2 Tbsp butter 1 Tbsp milk Salt and Pepper METHOD (1) Put potatoes into a saucepan. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add water until potatoes are covered. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered, 15-20 minutes, or until done – a fork can easily be poked through them. (2) Warm cream and melt butter, together, in a pan on the stove. Drain water from potatoes. Put hot potatoes into a bowl. Add cream and melted butter. Use a potato masher to mash potatoes until well mashed. Use a strong spoon to beat further, adding milk to achieve the consistency you desire. (Do not over-beat or your potatoes will get gluey.) Salt and pepper to taste.
Michael (programmer) really likes stuffing. He won’t get into an argument over stuffing v. dressing. He likes it all and according to him, “the two are identical as far as I’m concerned.”
Rachel (account coordinator) makes some not-so-traditional cranberry meatballs that are said to be “ridiculously delicious.” She even shared the recipe, which is below:“Grandma Selma’s Cranberry Meatballs“ INGREDIENTS
2 lbs. Ground beef
l/2 cup Matzo meal
1 can (12 oz) Tomato paste
2 cans Whole berry cranberry sauce
1 Medium onion, diced
1 tsp. Salt
1/4 tsp. Pepper
1 1/2 Cups water
2 tbsp. Ketchup DIRECTIONS:
Mix together: Ground beef, Matzo meal, Eggs, Onion, Salt and Pepper. Make small meatballs out of these ingredients.In a large pot, mix together: cranberry sauce, ketchup and water.
Bring liquid to a boil adding meatballs. Lower to a simmer, in a covered pot for 2 hours.
This is great served over noodles or brown rice!NOTE: The sugar in the cranberry sauce burns easily. Make sure there is enough liquid at the bottom of the pot. Add a bit of water if needed.
Adam (web developer) couldn’t decide on a favorite. This isn’t surprising to any of us, since he’s the office “foodie” and even regaled us for weeks on his cast iron skillet restoration project!
(Adam’s actual before/after skillet photos)
Bridget (account coordinator) is borderline obsessed with pumpkin pie. (Her birthday is near Thanksgiving, so she usually asks for it instead of cake.) She’s dedicated. She will definitely not be sharing her recipe, because it’s a family secret.
Here’s her first-ever attempt at baking a perfect “secret family recipe pumpkin pie,” circa 2007.
Ken (CEO) is a true resident of the mid-Atlantic region. He says his favorite (new) Thanksgiving tradition is oysters. You read that right: oysters. He says it’s awesome: “1) Meet waterman at dock, 2) Buy oysters, 3) Shuck oysters, 4) Eat oysters.”
Jeremy (director of business development) likes to keep things simple. His favorite part of Thanksgiving is bourbon. Alrighty, then!
Scott (programmer) also could not decide on a favorite, but it is because he piles everything on his plate in the style of: