It’s hard to believe we’re nearing the end of November already. While part of me wants to stop the clock so I can catch up on all I meant to have done by now, some other parts (primarily my mouth and my stomach) are getting all het up about next week, when we celebrate Thanksgiving here in the US, and the “holiday season” officially begins. (I do not want to hear Xmas carols before then, dig?)
The Dude and I live too far from our families to see them at both Thanksgiving and Xmas, so we’re doing our own thing for T-day. Except that we haven’t decided what that thing will be: do we go the traditional (for us) route: sweet & mashed potatoes, green beans, fresh yeast rolls, pies (apple and pumpkin), cranberry relish, herbed stuffing–all home-made–and maybe some faux-meat product in place of a turkey; or do we switch it up a bit, and try cooking a different kind of special meal, say from a different culture? A couple years ago we did our take on an Italian T-day: 2 kinds of homemade ravioli, broccolini w/ garlic, focaccia, some squash dish I can’t recall, and tiramisu. And good wine, of course. It was excellent, and not quite as relentlessly carb-tastic; we actually stayed awake after the meal.
Maybe this year we try making Thai food from scratch? Or perhaps some Mexican dishes? But ohhhhh, stuffing! I don’t know yet, but I need to decide soon, so I can start making lists and running errands.
While I’m thinking about it, please join in the Friday Fun Thread: what are your must-have-’em Thanksgiving dishes? What do you like to make? What can’t you wait to see on the table? (And what do you think we should cook?)
I know we have quite a few international readers who don’t celebrate Thanksgiving–or have your own holidays for gratitude and feasting–but don’t let that stop you from weighing in on your favorite festive dishes.