Turkey Trot to Stuffed Turkey

by Kim on November 26, 2011

Happy belated Thanksgiving everyone!  I wanted to post this on Thursday night after our Thanksgiving feast, but we didn’t end up eating dinner until our usual dinner time- 7:30 PM and the tryptophan kicked in shortly after that so we were off to bed early.  And, well, yesterday was a wash, this morning finally comes the Thanksgiving recap!

After loading up on carbs on Wednesday night (whole wheat spaghetti and bacon meatballs, courtesy of Real Simple magazine), Nick and I headed to bed early for our 8-mile Turkey Trot race the next morning.  We were able to “sleep in”, which for me is sleeping until 7:15 AM for this race, finally, since it didn’t start until 9 AM unlike our past races, which have started at 8 AM.  After gearing up, we jumped in my car and headed for downtown.  Oddly enough, it was super foggy out.  We rarely get fog in Dallas, but this is the second time we’ve had such thick fog in about a month.  We made decent time getting to downtown, but the second we exited the highway, we were in bumper to bumper traffic.  I was starting to worry that we were going to miss the beginning of the race, but once we parked and had our last-minute emergency trip to the porta-potties I realized that we really hadn’t missed much.

Nick took a quick picture of the pony ride that was set up there.
The crowd at the start line.

This race was packed!  So many people came out for it!  As I mentioned above, Nick and I were running the 8-mile race, but there was also a 5K race, both of which started together and the 8-mile race broke off from the 5K at about mile 2.5.

I was in mid-pose change in this picture, so it’s not a great shot, but you get the idea: it’s me before the race.

We finally made it to the start line, about an hour after the race began and boy were those first 2.5 miles miserable!  They weren’t difficult in terms of hills or anything like that.  They were just full of people walking and dogs on leashes and strollers.  It was nearly impossible to run!  I really wish there had been a better system for walkers and runners.  It was mostly dodging people and cutting people off for 2.5 miles.  I even saw women carrying their Gucci  or Prada or whatever $3,000 designer purses.  For real people, this is a race.  No need to sport your designer labels for this!  The moment I saw the first of several of those women, I though, yes, this is quintessentially Dallas!

After the two races split apart, I was a much happier runner.  The race took us from City Hall to Deep Ellum, back through downtown, over one bridge over the Trinity River, into Oak Cliff, back over another bridge over the Trinity River, past the convention center and back to City Hall.  It was actually a really good run after leaving those annoying designer handbag carrying walkers.  My Nike+ GPS was about 3/10 of a mile off, but it contribute that to all the dodging and weaving back and forth for the first two miles.  My chip time came back at 1:20:06.  Not too back for what ended up being 11 minute miles for the first 2.5 miles!  I grabbed a couple of bottles of water and got out of the way of the incoming finishers and headed to the side to cheer Nick on as he made his way to the finish line.

Nick, a few yards away from the finish line.

I was getting cold now that my sweat was drying up so we headed straight for the car to head home.  After a nice long hot shower and about two hours of relaxing on the couch to recoup, I started out Thanksgiving feast.  The menu consisted of:
Pomegranate and Arugula Salad
Herb Biscuits
Cranberry-Orange Sauce
Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
Four-Cheese Scalloped Potatoes
Homemade Gravy
Stuffed Turkey Breast

Not exactly the healthiest menu, but it sure was tasty.  I tried to make half-size of most of the recipes since I knew that was a lot of food and we still have a ton of leftovers.  Here are a few cooking and food pictures of the meal.

Cutting up a pomegranate for the seeds for the salad.
Reducing POM juice down for the salad dressing- a substitute for the hard to find pomegranate molasses.
Simmering the cranberries with a cinnamon stick, orange zest and juice, and sugar.
Kneading the biscuit dough and cutting the disks out with a pint glass from Brews.
The biscuits, ready to go in the oven.  5 regular sized biscuits and 1 mini biscuit.  I guess my Brews pint glass was a little too large of a “cookie cutter”.
The stuffing for the Stuffed Turkey Breast before it was all mixed together.
Sauteing brussels sprouts.
The resting turkey breast, fresh out of the oven.
And finally, the entire spread, plus a bottle of red wine that we picked up on our recent trip to California.

I hope everyone had a great holiday, enjoying time with loved ones, eating yummy food, and relaxing.  I know I sure did!  Now it’s football time.  Go Blue!! Let’s kick those damn Buckeyes in the butt!

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