Oh ho! I have been invited to a family bake-off! My husband's family (who I have only recently begun to know) is renting a beach house in Delaware for Thanksgiving weekend. Us (me, hub, two teen girls), two of his aunts, and a couple that is friends with the aunts. His aunts are the younger sisters of his late mother - they are like having two mothers-in-law. Another uncle from California is also invited, but he has had a minor heart attack, and might not be able to travel. So, at least 8 people, at this point. And they want to try deep-frying a turkey!
My mind reels with possibilities. I think my daughters and I can blow these aunts out of the water. But is that the best strategy? And let's not forget that hub makes a kick-ass Coconut Sweet Potato Pie. The baking skills of the other couple are not known to me.
This weekend, I will be making about 200 hundred tiny cream puffs to take to a memorial service for an old friend. Good practice for my pate-chou skills. I think I will experiment with savory puffs - maybe fill them with eggs and cheese, or creamed chipped beef for breakfast.