Thanksgiving dinner plans

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As has become our tradition, we're going camping out at the coast for Thanksgiving. We used to have the beach all to ourselves from Wednesday through Friday morning, and we would leave just as the crowds were starting to arrive. Unfortunately, with the economic downturn, lots of other people have discovered Thanksgiving camping, and the crowds have gotten worse.

I have seen some people trying to cook their turkeys while camping, I prefer to make it at home, and simply reheat it when I get out there. While I would have loved to make a heritage bird, my farmer wasn't able to get his flock going in time, so I decided to follow portlandpiper's lead and I picked up a kosher bird. It will be interesting, since I usually don't brine birds destined for the smoker, as I find it unnecessary, but kosher birds have been coated in salt and rinsed to remove blood. I'm also trying out the Turkey Cannon which is basically a "beer can chicken" gadget for turkeys.

The garlic smashed potatoes are all from our own garden. The quality and variety you get from growing your own potatoes is incredible! When you put together 5 different varieties and lightly smash them up so you get pockets of different colors and flavors, you will never go back to stupormarket potatoes again. We make our with 2 heads of home-grown roasted garlic, and homemade chicken stock. We started going with stock in mashed potatoes instead of cream, because Laurie has food sensitivities to cows milk, but I've found I prefer it this way.

To round it out, we'll have sauteed carrots, apple sauce, spelt rolls, sausage-cornbread stuffing, and cranberry sauce.