Food: Alternative Thanksgiving

Nov 2, 2012

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According to Pinterest, Thanksgiving is upon us. I know that it seems like several weeks away, but for those of us in charge of the meal, the planning begins now. I grew up eating the same huge meal, very traditional-- turkey and all the trimmings, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, the works. We had so many dishes to do, and so many courses. My mother is from the east coast and she made all the things from her childhood. We ate oyster casserole with creamed corn and saltines, bread stuffing with sage, sweet sweet sweet potatoes with brown sugar and marshmallows. We finished with pumpkin pie and funeral pie, made with raisins and topped with sour cream.

I have tried to replicate this meal, but I like to play around too much. I am not traditional. Last year, I cooked dinner for my staff, friends and family, and cooked a goose and a turkey and a duck. There was cornbread stuffing. Everyone else brought the rest. My best friend made roasted root vegetables and sweet potatoes with bourbon. My son’s girlfriend made a pesto. Our tattoo artist brought pie. It was fun and different.

Adding new people and new ideas is good. I love tradition, but I love trying new things. I think that this year, I might do a turkey, but also have a taco bar, or a build-your-own curry. I might try roast beef with Yorkshire pudding instead. All I really want is to spend time with the people I care about, eat great food, and not have to do too many dishes.