Now that silly birthday things are out of the way, it’s time to get down to some very serious business.
Well, almost, but it’s my favorite holiday of the year, so I take it very seriously. I am also more than a little peeved about the unnecessary encroachment of halloween and Christmas on T-giving’s turf. Back up off my favorite holiday, yo!
I have a habit of not being in America for great American holidays, but in no way does that put a damper on the celebration. I’m actually pretty excited to be in the States for this Thanksgiving, because the last few years, I’ve kind of been all over the place… This one year I was on a boat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, then I was in Budapest, the next year I was in Italy, then the year after I was in London and cooking for 25 with 1 oven and a raging case of meningitis, and then I was back in Budapest again and I nearly burnt down a really important historic building owned by the US Government. True story.
My preliminary planning for Thanksgiving may or may not have begun in February of this year… Stop it right now! Don’t you dare judge me. It’s called enthusiasm!
Like every family, we have our own traditions and favorite dishes, but I always like to try out a couple new dishes every year as well. Regardless of where in the world I’ve been or who I’ve been cooking for, I have a couple steadfast rules and traditions on which I will not budge.
- There will be cornbread stuffing and it will be awesome
- There will be no canned cranberry sauce (unless Lauren is there and only then)
- There will be no canned cream of something soup anywhere near my green beans
- Turkey is not that big a deal
- If you want pumpkin pie, you can make it yourself, pecan is where it’s at
- And most importantly keep the g.d. celery away from the stuffing! (celery makes me want to punch things)
So, all that being said, let’s talk menu. There are some things that will always be on my menu, some things will come and go. Here’s a look at how this year’s menu is shaping up:
- World Famous Cornbread Cranberry Stuffing
- Dried Cherry Cranberry Sauce
- Horseradish and Chive Mashed Potatoes
- Green Bean Casserole w Madeira Mushrooms
- Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Garlic and Shallots
- Some kind of turkey
- Pecan Pie
This week, I’m going to share some other recipes that would also make for a great Thanksgiving.