Well, I got most of the things necessary for tomorrow night's dinner today but I didn't do any cooking yet. That's possibly a mistake, but we'll see. I didn't get a raw turkey after all, so that simplifies things considerably.
For dinner we'll be having:
Wine for kiddush (I have one bottle each of Dalton White and Dalton Red. They're both quite nice, so long as you drink them in one sitting.)
Special round challahs (an egg bread, usually braided the rest of the year)
Apples and honey
Other symbolic foods that we make special blessings over including pomegranate, dates, carrots, fish and gourd/squash. We eat small quantities of all these.
The first course will be salmon with mayo and dill and I hope to serve it with a green salad and coleslaw as well as lemon hummus. I say "I hope" because I couldn't find prepackaged salads with kosher supervision at Safeway yesterday and the car was acting up so I didn't get to Superstore to check them out. Soaking the leaves in salted water and checking lettuce and cabbage leaf by leaf for bugs is tedious, time consuming and very hard on my eyes, so I prefer to buy it ready-to-eat.
The main course will be smoked turkey with cranberry sauce (I bought half a turkey, already smoked), mashed potatoes and white corn. If I can manage to make gravy from a smoked turkey, I will.
Dessert will be honey cake and coffee or tea, either black or with Almond Breeze instead of cream.
It's all pretty easy to get ready a bit ahead and then keep warm in the oven and/or on a Salton hot tray that stays plugged in for the whole holiday.
Everyone won't be coming after all. Number One Son and his family can't make it because they've been working on putting their 5 year old to bed early (starting the routine at 7:30 pm) and it would really disrupt the process. She's also in all day kindergarten (at a different school from my 5 year old) and seems to really need the new routine to cope with the long day. I understand, because we're having some of the same types of issues with DC (who was awake this morning just before 7 am and asleep tonight before 8:30 pm). She used to stay up late and get up about 8:30 am or later and kindergarten has been a big adjustment for her schedule too. Oh yes, and my sister-in-law is away. So there should be 7 adults and 3 children.
And it won't be a marathon meal like the Passover seder. Candlelighting is at 6:37 pm and we'll start very shortly after that and finish within an hour or two at most. I hope. After all, we have to get up to walk to synagogue on Tuesday morning.
Again, Shana Tova to all! I'll be back to posting late Wednesday night at the earliest.