Growing up my Mom always made Thanksgiving Dinner. Over the years since losing my dad almost all of us have taken turns hosting and gathering as many of us together as possible. Despite sometimes going to another sibling’s or someone else’s house for dinner my sister and I have always made a turkey & basic fixings for our own house. It’s the love for leftovers Thanksgiving weekend, and the excuse to not cook until Sunday that is the driving force for me. So far this year's dinner will just be our family of 5, but the traditions my mother instilled will still stand despite the small number attending. Recently it dawned on me lobster & clams were at the original Thanksgiving dinner and I’d like to know why I don’t have a good excuse to have those – Mother????!
Anyway - early snacking at my house includes a variety of nuts, celery & carrot sticks, green & black olives, sweet pickles, cheese & crackers, and dates - my least favorite item to both prepare and eat, so I may conveniently forget those pesky dried up confection covered walnut or peanut butter stuffed “treats”.
Our main meal starts with fruit cocktail, ginger ale and orange sherbert - something else I skip if I can get away with it! I don't want all that sweet nonsense. I'm a meat & potatoes girl and want to move on to the star of the day and my obvious love at age two, Turkey! Closely followed by my love of crunchy stuffing (or as strange people say "dressing") and gravy. I'll serve both soft squishy stuffing & crunchy dressing, and neither will be of the chestnut variety ( check in tomorrow for that story). Of course, they'll be mashed potatoes, gravy, butternut squash, peas, corn, broccoli, pearl onions - both plain & creamed, & finally corn bread. Oops, almost forgot cranberry sauce in the form of a can... except the bonus when my sister-in-law Denice comes, and then she brings her awesome homemade Cape Cod Cranberry Relish too, which incidentally is the only kind I like :-).
The dessert table includes Swedish Apple Pie, Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Pie, & Mince Meat Pie, although if you read yesterday's blog you know I will not be eating that! And our favorite dessert breads too - pumpkin, banana, & date nut (when my brother Cliff comes) all with an ample supply of cream cheese!
I’m not a big fan of Ham on my Thanksgiving table nor Italian. It just seems completely foreign to me despite my love for both of those generally. Also – you’ll never find turnips, and likely won’t find sweet potatoes either unless someone else brings them :-p . All this talk of food and suddenly I'm starving! Two days away seems like an awfully long time to wait to eat and yet and extremely short amount of time to prepare! I better get crackin'
Amylynne (Baker) Murphy
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