Nov 292010

Happy Thanksgiving!

This year we decided to opt out of the traditional big family get together and celebrate the holiday on our Airstream, just the three of us up on the San Juan Islands here in Washington State.  I have been very excited about the idea of cooking a traditional Thanksgiving feast in a small space on our Airstream and I am happy to say everything turned out perfectly.  As a matter of fact, I think this is probably the best Thanksgiving dinner I have ever made.

We shopped at Orcas Homegrown Market & Deli for our (special) turkey.  This is an incredible market as they carry everything you can possibly imagine from exotic hard to find herbs to fresh caught seafood and a plethora of meticulously arranged produce.

Our Thanksgiving menu consisted of roast turkey, baked mashed potatoes and brown sugar glazed carrots along with my own cranberry sauce and gravy.

Probe thermometer, makes life a little easier.

Our turkey from Shelton’s thanks to Orcas Homegrown Market & Deli.  I should mention that never, ever again will I buy a turkey that is not organic/free range.  After years of buying supermarket turkey’s, this one was so different in every way.  The texture of the meat was so long and lean and incredibly tender; there was literally no fat to trim and the taste was something I have never experienced before.


Fully prepped — btw, that is my iPad in the background with the best (in my opinion) recipe organizer app called Paprika.

I didn’t follow the roasted turkey recipe exactly.  I subsitutted sage and rosemary from my garden and I didn’t melt the butter.  Instead (since the turkey was so lean) I put pats of butter under the skin of the breast.

My simple cranberry sauce — just a bag of cranberries, one squeezed orange, two cinnamon sticks and about one cup of light brown sugar.

Put all ingredients into a pot and bring to boil and cook until you reach a consistency that is to your preference.

Boiled potatoes before being smashed into mashed….

Carrots cooking away in my new cast iron skillet

Potatoes “after”

Happy Thanksgiving and Bon Appetit!

  One Response to “An Airstream Thanksgiving on Orcas Island”

  1. Looks like a great spread!

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