Live blogging our Thanksgiving

 We’re enjoying Thanksgiving at Kevin and Nadia’s house. Amira and Nadia are doing most of the cooking (because they have most of the skill and talent), but Kevin and I are helping out as well.  Amira and Nadia did a “wet rub” of the turkeys last night using butter, olive oil and various spices Amira and I got in Morocco, Georgia and Provence.

We’re enjoying Thanksgiving at Kevin and Nadia’s house. Amira and Nadia are doing most of the cooking (because they have most of the skill and talent), but Kevin and I are helping out as well.

Amira and Nadia did a “wet rub” of the turkeys last night using butter, olive oil and various spices Amira and I got in Morocco, Georgia and Provence.

 Two varieties of heirloom sweet potatoes and Kabocha squash roasted together (this was the first thing baked to free up the oven for the turkeys).

Two varieties of heirloom sweet potatoes and Kabocha squash roasted together (this was the first thing baked to free up the oven for the turkeys).

 I’m in charge of rolls. This dough is white flour, whole wheat flour and whole wheat spelt flour, plus milk, an egg, honey, olive oil, butter and salt. It’s naturally leavened, and fermented all night in the fridge.

I’m in charge of rolls. This dough is white flour, whole wheat flour and whole wheat spelt flour, plus milk, an egg, honey, olive oil, butter and salt. It’s naturally leavened, and fermented all night in the fridge.

 These dough nuggets will become rolls.

These dough nuggets will become rolls.

 I rolled the rolls ‘cause that’s how I roll.

I rolled the rolls ‘cause that’s how I roll.

 Basting the turkey hourly with a mixture of home-made chicken-bone broth, VETO wine (more on that later), garlic and olive oil.

Basting the turkey hourly with a mixture of home-made chicken-bone broth, VETO wine (more on that later), garlic and olive oil.

 Amira working her magic.

Amira working her magic.

 Turkeys are done!

Turkeys are done!

 I’m guessing my baby granddaughter, Squishyface, did the name placeholders. (She calls me “Abu.”)

I’m guessing my baby granddaughter, Squishyface, did the name placeholders. (She calls me “Abu.”)

 Nadia pulling some squashes and sweet potatoes out of the oven.

Nadia pulling some squashes and sweet potatoes out of the oven.

 Rolls are done. <gratuitous Seinfeld reference> They’re real. And they’re spectacular. </gratuitous Seinfeld reference>

Rolls are done. <gratuitous Seinfeld reference> They’re real. And they’re spectacular. </gratuitous Seinfeld reference>

 Nothing pairs with American Thanksgiving like  this brilliant “amber” wine from Italy .

Nothing pairs with American Thanksgiving like this brilliant “amber” wine from Italy.

 Squishyface and I are super excited about Thanksgiving dinner.

Squishyface and I are super excited about Thanksgiving dinner.

 Kevin made Mac N Cheese.

Kevin made Mac N Cheese.

 Kevin begins to carve the turkey. (People love him; birds fear him.)

Kevin begins to carve the turkey. (People love him; birds fear him.)

 Millennial hipsters. What are you gonna do?

Millennial hipsters. What are you gonna do?

 Kevin carving.

Kevin carving.

 Cute overload. Squishyface and her BFF, Indiana, favor my rolls. Major points scored with Yours Truly.

Cute overload. Squishyface and her BFF, Indiana, favor my rolls. Major points scored with Yours Truly.

 Nadia is conspicuously not freaking out. Well done, Nadia!

Nadia is conspicuously not freaking out. Well done, Nadia!

 Huge Thanksgiving fan. (And huger now than I was before dinner.)

Huge Thanksgiving fan. (And huger now than I was before dinner.)

 Squishyface loves my rolls. Mission accomplished.

Squishyface loves my rolls. Mission accomplished.

 Left to right: pumpkin pie; chocolate pecan pie. Whipped cream all-round.

Left to right: pumpkin pie; chocolate pecan pie. Whipped cream all-round.