As we all write what we are Thankful for all over our Facebook pages and Twitter, and while I’m thankful for a lot of things, I very thankful for tradition. It’s funny I’ll read all of my cooking magazines to have some great new idea and then I think…”well what would I replace at my table???” And I come up void because my husband would be sooo disappointed if his favorites weren’t on the spread.
So what is on our table each year?
1.) Turkey- anyone that doesn’t have a turkey, no offense this is not normal. No amount of tofu substitutes for a fine bird in the oven. And while all these fancy chefs do injections and brines I stick to the basics and let me stuffing do it’s job inside the bird!
2.) Stuffing! -And it does just that, stuffs you. All that bread-y goodness. I can’t imagine a table not set with this. And find a recipe that you can switch up and truly make your own! I use everything from celery and onion to walnut and dried cranberries in mine
3.) Green bean casserole- the old standby veggie! I had a nanny once who said she’d never had it before…what?!?! Ok so maybe this is where people begin to differ. I grew up in the Midwest and green bean casserole was like a staple in holiday dinners and potlucks and so I continue the tradition.
4.) mashed potatoes & gravy- there are several reasons to vary or change up potatoes etc, but nothing goes better with turkey than some great mashers with gravy!
5.) candied yams? -if I’m having enough people over I make these fine Jems of sweetness. It’s like dessert before the pie!
6,) cranberries- this I do not do as we do not like them so my lovely mother in law brings each year for herself and my cousin…so they’re on the table but not because I make them. If I’m feeling adventurous this year….maybe I’ll attempt them.
7.) salad- I do change this one up from time to time with its contents but my husband would be gravely disappointed if I skipped his greens altogether.
8.) homemade bread or biscuits-nothing brings a plate full of tryptophan and carb laden food full circle like a nice slice of bread with butter.
9.) Pumpkin pie- I’m not the biggest fan of pumpkin pie (though I love a lot if other pumpkin things) I have my slice each year. When my cousins visit they are in charge of the pies. If we are alone I make a pumpkin cheesecake!
Well that brings my table full circle! I’ll post my recipes soon so y’all can enjoy them too!
Tell me what’s on your table?!