Happy kind-of-rainy-hopefully-very-rainy Sunday!
My ode to Thanksgiving
The best holiday of the year is just around the corner, and I am so excited! Thanksgiving makes me so nostalgic - I can't stand it. I love thinking about the days of yore - the late 70's & early 80's in Worcester, Massachusetts (cue the Worcester accent jokes - c'mon go ahead, everyone does it). It was usually pretty ugly outside - all the leaves were brown and the sky was gray and California was very far way. The day was so long because we didn't eat until late in the afternoon so it was just pure torture smelling all that good food whilst watching the Macy's Parade and then some old movies on channel 38 (remember that station?). I would sneak into the kitchen throughout the day and pick little pieces off of the turkey hoping no one would catch me. My brothers would annoy me, my parents would nag me, and I would just be so antsy waiting for the big event to start. And then everyone would arrive and the holiday would begin in earnest and by earnest I mean eating. Pretty much everyone who came and brought food were incredible cooks so the spread was out of this world. We had so many wonderful things - my mother's perfectly roasted turkey; my cousin Ellie's amazing cornbread stuffing (see below); green beans with caramelized onions; my Nana Ruth's outrageous pecan rolls (yeast dough, butter, cinnamon, sugar, pecans - you get the picture); all kinds of squash dishes because it was New England (think purees and stuffed things); pecan pie; and My Nana Molly's apple pie. I'm sure there was pumpkin pie but since I hate it, I have no memory of it. All the grandparents, all the cousins, all the aunts & uncles showed up - EVERYBODY was there. Plus all the family friends - sometimes my mom's bff from nursing school, Carole, would be there with her three amazing daughters all the way from northern Vermont. There were always nurse friends of my mom's from the operating room - my parents have always had an open door policy when it comes to holidays, which is so nice because no one should ever ever ever spend a holiday alone. For awhile my parents lived in Vail, Colorado and we had several years of ski vacation Thanksgiving holidays which were super fun and active and filled with lots of their spirited friends. The meals were always delicious and remain delicious & festive here in California with a large extended family celebration in Atherton. But guess what I miss? The good ole' days in Worcester - it's pretty much the only time I ever have fond memories of it! But let's talk about this year now...
I'm thinking of doing something different that week, and would love your feedback. How about QDTG on Wednesday, 11/25 with Thanksgiving side dishes?????
I'm thinking of doing just two incredibly delicious side dishes that keep & reheat well:
* Cornbread Stuffing - cornbread, regular bread, peppers, onions, garlic, parsley, basil, lots of butter - this stuffing is so good and is practically a family heirloom.
* Spinach Gratin - this is an Ina Garten classic and tastes so good with turkey - lots of spinach, milk, flour, butter, gruyere, parmesan - it's amaze balls
You likey? Please let me know if this is something you'd be interested in so I have an idea of what to expect. Or maybe you have some suggestions - please write me back - I would love to hear from you.