Belated Happy Thanksgiving!
Happy Day After Thanksgiving! This day is just as enjoyable as Thanksgiving, a day for cozy relaxation, digesting, reading, and grazing on leftovers.
Thanksgiving Day was devoted even more to the cooking of the meal than to the meal itself. For our family, the fun is mostly in cooking together. As we have no relatives to speak of within driving distance, it’s a small gathering: Judy and I, Daniel and his intended Beckee, and David (David’s partner was visiting family).
Even so, Judy strictly enforces her Turkey Rule: no turkeys under 20 lb. are acceptable. I’ve pointed out to her that this means we would have at least 4 lb. of turkey per person, but she says that is beside the point. There should be turkey to send home with guests, plus plenty of leftovers.
I also think that she enjoys demonstrating her skill at cooking such a large bird, not something that everyone can do well.
Cranberries are essential, for the color they add to the table as much as for the flavor.
Aren’t cranberries just beautiful?
I always ask for brussel sprouts – and Judy bought 2 entire stalks, which was definitely way more than we needed. They were halved, then fried with bacon and a little balsamic vinegar.
The kitchen in our house is on the small side; there is little room for non-essential personnel.
Finally the food is laid upon the table. Beckee made a massive quantity of macaroni and cheese, a Thanksgiving staple from her family. She also made a fancy banana pudding for dessert. I’ve always thought banana pudding came from a box, so her dish was a revelation.
There’s also fruit salad, which is a Hertz family tradition. And mashed sweet potato, which given all the other dishes was entirely redundant. Hardly anyone took a bite. I think I will advocate nixing the sweet potato for next year.
Instead of prayer, everyone whips out their cell phones to take pictures of the table and each other. This could be considered a newly emerged tradition, I suppose.
Hoping you all had an enjoyable holiday.