Thanksgiving 2006

     Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.  Mine was filled with family and great food.  Since I had to travel, we cooked what would travel well.  So the day before, I fired up the smoker, and my wife heated up the oven. 

     I made some Armadillo Eggs for appetizers.  These are jalapeno slices with cubed cheese wrapped in breakfast sausage.  Then they’re smoked for an hour or two, depending on size.  I usually make 6 per pound of sausage.   

      Ham is the choice meat in my home, so ham is what we prepared.  Ham shank was the choice.  I used the Dr Chicken Double Smoked Ham recipe that I found at The BBQ-Brethren.   This is a very simple recipe that starts with a store bought par cooked ham, such as Cooks.  It beats out other recipes I’ve tried, and you get a great smokey flavor.  I reserved about a pound and left at home.  Good thing, because every sliver I took was eaten.  The ham was accompanied by a smoked turkey and a fried one.  Both were tastey and cooked just right.  I was caught grabbing a snack of fried turkey.

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     Baked Macaroni and Cheese was our contribution for a side dish.  We used Paula Deen’s recipe from her new book  Paula Deen CelebratesIt was great.  We prepared the recipe up to the baking part.  We covered and refrigerated the pan.  When we got to our destination Thursday, it went into the oven 40 minutes before we were to eat. 

     My wife chose to bake a Hummingbird cake also from Paula Deen Celebrates.  It was one of the best cakes I’ve eaten.  It beat out all other home made cakes that I can remember.  With three layers, I decided to insert bamboo skewers down into the layers.  This kept the layers from sliding during the transport.  Even with 6 pies, half of this 3 layer cake was devoured.   

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