All the beadboard is up in the pantry! We just need to paint the other three walls. Painting the pieces before installation didn’t work out so well. Maybe I can get some painting done this weekend if my husband doesn’t before that!
Thanksgiving slowed things down! I fixed a turkey with herb butter and apple cider. I used an old recipe from Bon Appetit that includes directions on how to make a gravy base. This is the only gravy I’ve ever made that turns out perfect! All the herbs and apple cider really give the gravy a great flavor. I made cranberry sauce with hibiscus tea, but I didn’t really notice any difference in the taste with the hibiscus! I made a dressing with portobella, shiitake and cremini mushrooms, but I think all the mushrooms made the dish mushy. I should just stick to oyster dressing. We really like that, but oysters are SO expensive! I had sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, and green beans, too. My mom brought a pecan pie from Cracker Barrel. I think that was the best pecan pie I ever ate! The crust was perfect. I looked at the ingredients – they used lard! I’m sure that’s why the crust was so good. My dad made a lot of pies and he always used lard in the crust, and they were so good (except the custard!) if I liked the filling! I don’t really like pumpkin pie. Does that sound unamerican??!! I do like apple pie! (Our nephew only likes apple pie made with a can of apple pie filling!! He doesn’t like fresh apples in his pie!) I finally made a pumpkin pie AFTER Thanksgiving!!
Well, enough about Thanksgiving! Here are some pictures of the pantry!