Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday and best time of the year! It’s a bit colder here, the leaves have turned a bright red & orange and fallen. I love knowing my family will be together- far away ones will travel! And I get to eat food…lots of it!
Here’s how I see Thanksgiving…it’s truly a perfect time of year to bring the joy of eating to your world. Leave the guilt and the diets at the door and just enjoy each bite. You don’t need to over-indulge to get true pleasure out of it.
I really love to involve the kids with the process of it too. They each get a “project” to do whether it’s setting the table, placing place cards, making a dish, etc. This year my daughter wants a pumpkin pie, so she is enlisted to help with that. As far as a menu, it’s also the easiest to create, if you really break it down. The Turkey is the main attraction and the sides are usually considered add-ins. Stuffing, some kind of potato, and maybe a green and your done! Each year the demand for the traditionals are consistent. People wait all year for one or two things, so don’t over do it if this is your 1st Thanksgiving! If I am crushing on a certain food I may introduce it to the family that year. If I get compliments on it, It goes into the rotation of sides. If they say nothing- it’s out!
Here’s how I plan for Thanksgiving:
- About 2-3 weeks before decide where you are going to purchase your turkey. Organic and local is the best! Search your area for what’s available- you may surprised whats out there.
- 1-2 weeks before start thinking of sides and dessert. If you can taste and smell it in your imagination it’s a winner!
- 1 week before purchase wine & alcohol, and non-perishable items
- 3-5 days before buy perishable foods and turkey.
Menu for this year:
Savory truffle butter turkey-my responsibility
Spicy fried turkey- my husbands
Sides- Traditional Stuffing w/ savory herbs, garlic-mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, *Kale and beets lightly tossed with a meyer-lemon vinaigrette, *gravy, canned cranberry (a must for my husband) and the real cranberry sauce (for me).
Desserts- Chocolate Chip Pound Cake, Pumpkin Pie, Caramel-Apple pie, Pecan Pie…I think we have enough pies!!
*these I will post in the next couple of days.