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Creating the perfect storm… also known as my Thanksgiving Menu

I love to entertain.  There is nothing that makes me happier than watching people stuff their faces with the 12 things I slaved over a hot stove all day to create.  Fortunately for my sanity, there is nothing my husband loves more than cutting my list of dishes for any given party or holiday in half.  I curse him for doing this, but I do realize it is for the best.

As I sit here in bed with my newly completed master list of the wonders that our family will rush to the table to enjoy, I wonder which of these masterful items will not make the final cut.  Here is my current list:

1. Brie with cranberries, apricots and pistachios
2. Shrimp cocktail
3. Chili cheese dip & tortillas (I could tell my husband wanted this to make the list)
4. Goldfish  (I have kids.  They should eat too.)

Main course:
1. Cloverleaf rolls with rosemary and salt
_  Sugar free cranberry dressing (mother-in-law bringing so this should not count towards my grand total)
2. Cranberry orange jello
3. Turkey (brined with a herb butter stuffed under the skin for roasting) & Gravy
4. Stuffing with dried cherries, apricots, figs and pecans
5. Maple whipped sweet potatoes
_  Broccoli Casserole (mother-in-law also bringing)
7. Creamed corn

Desert (before we leave the table)
1. Cranberry-Port sorbet (he will most likely knock this out but it sounds so good)

Desert (later when we have gathered our strength)
1. I just don’t know yet.  So much pressure for the #1 slotted desert to rock!!!!
2. Maple-Pumpkin Tart
3. Vanilla Armagnac Ice Cream
4. Vanilla Ice Cream with Left Over Halloween Candy Mixed Into It (the only question here is do I make it into a pie or not. To pie or not to pie.  That is the question!)