After putting the turkey in the oven, Shannon and I did a quick tour of High Prairie. There's definitely not a lot to see in the tiny city of maybe 3000 people, but we picked up a few groceries and a vase from a pawn shop, where we also entered to win a stainless steel microwave. Then, it was time to get down to business.
The last time I prepared a meal in someone else's kitchen was when I was wooing Shannon, so it's safe to say that it's been a while. Having to constantly ask where the pots/knives/spoons/saran wrap/etc. were and trying to work with the oven with an internal thermometer that read 300 degrees when the heat was at the maximum 500 was certainly an experience. I think that everything turned out quite well in the end though. We ended up forgetting a salad in the fridge and our yams, bought especially for Shannon and I (apparently no one likes yams, go figure), never were eaten. The huge array of leftovers was used to feed the entire motel (which sounds like a lot, but most people were checked out for the weekend).
The turkey turned out very well. It was really moist and so on and so forth, just like a turkey should be. We bought a bag of poultry herbs (which included sorrel and dill, which I thought was kind of strange) and that helped make a good basis for turkey stuffing. I prefer stuffing sort of dried out and crisp, but we kept it moist by putting a flap of tinfoil over his bum. I made turkey gravy with the drippings, but I don't think it turned out all that well. I don't find that poultry makes very good gravy.
We had a few standard vegetable side dishes, such as steamed broccoli and mashed potatoes, and I used the dill from the poultry herbs for dilled carrots. I think canned cranberry sauce is creepy, so I insisted on making homemade cranberry sauce as well. My mom thought it was too tart, but that's just how we like it. Silly personal preferences getting in the way.
For dessert I made a strawberry and orange cream parfait. It was exceptionally rich and too sweet (I just randomly dumped sugar into the cream because I didn't have a spoon handy) but the general idea is pretty good. Orange whipped cream goes well with pretty much any fruit, so you could easily add in whatever you wanted with this. Considering the alternative to making your own whipped cream is Cool Whip (which is essentially sweetened margarine and air), it's really worth it to make your own. It's just so much more satisfying and, despite being 35% fat, not as bad for you as a spoonful of corn syrup and hydrogenated oil.