Day by Day Thanksgiving Prep (POMtastic Gumdrops)

I’m getting ready for Thanksgiving. It’s official. Invitations went out yesterday and now it’s time for testing, cooking, menu planning, table decorating and general household tidying to begin. We’ll have houseguests for four days, a small Thanksgiving dinner for 4 (possibly a couple more, we often take in strays) and an open house party for 50 the day after Thanksgiving, aptly named The Dead Poultry Society.

We’ve been having this party for years and, if you’ve been following along, you might remember the 2009 event.

Preparing for the holiday should be a nice stroll, not a sprint – just a few things done ahead will really help.

Today in the kitchen, I’m making two big batches of chicken stock. Hopefully, about 7 quarts will be pressure canned, to be on hand for soup. Soup is the last stop for the Thanksgiving turkey, and I want to be ready. Because I usually dry brine or wet brine the turkeys, I won’t make soup broth from the turkey bones (way too salty.) For the soup, how about this tasty Pho from Winnie at Healthy Green Kitchen?

In between batches, I’ve been crafting little confections, because it’s always nice to have candies in the house during the holidays. This weekend, Kate from Hip Girls Guide to Homemaking joined me in the kitchen for chocolate bonbon making. She was on hand for the first itteration of this recipe… trust me, Kate, the second round is much much better.

I recently received a lovely box of POM juice with the maddeningly fun directions – “Let’s see what you can make.” Well, not exactly like that, but you get the drift.

We love POM, and often mix iced green tea with POM for a refreshing afternoon pick-me-up drink.

Past experiences with POM include many a Poinsetta – a glass of champagne with a float of POM on the top.

I’ve braised lamb in POM, and made drizzly sauces with POM reduced to a syrup.

But this time, I wanted to make candies. Gumdrops, to be precise. Years ago, the New York Times ran a recipe for Lemon Gumdrops. They’ve made an appearance in my holiday cookie boxes ever since. This time, I wanted the gumdrops to be POM-tastic.

They’re gorgeous. Super easy. Tart. Sweet.

Keep them in a tin or other closed container, layered between wax paper for a week or so.

13 thoughts on “Day by Day Thanksgiving Prep (POMtastic Gumdrops)”

  1. I love these homemade gelees. So much fun to make. And, like me, you’re starting your Thanksgiving meal with thinking about desserts first! HOORAY!

    1. I expect they’ll last two or three weeks, but I really have no idea! They taste so good, I’m afraid they won’t last long at all.

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