It’s one week until the foodie day that tops all foodie days arrives. Thanksgiving may be my favorite holiday of the year, next to my birthday, of course. No gift shopping is required and there’s nothing to plan except for the food. Plus, you get together with loved ones whom you may not have seen in a while. Add to that the remembrance of traditions from the past, and creating new ones with the newest family members for today. It’s a recipe for perfection. Or stress. It all depends on how you look at it. And how the work is divided up, preferably among multiple cooks.
Over the years my family has treated Thanksgiving as a pot luck, to a greater or lesser degree. There wasn’t one person who was responsible for the pants busting feast we enjoyed every year. Comfy clothes are the style of the day. I can still remember who was responsible for each course every year when I was growing up. One aunt always made the pasta. Another one brought the antipasto. Yes, we are a very Italian family! My grandmother was responsible for the side dishes and desserts that we all loved. My Mom usually made the turkey. Another aunt made her cheesecake and sweet potato pie – with a little bourbon in the years that she was feeling naughty. As we grew older, my cousins and I began to add desserts or side dishes to the family feast.
And then we all grew up, and the Thanksgiving feast splintered into family branches off the sturdy trunk, and new traditions had to be formed, as we, the aunts took over the roles held by the aunts of the past.
And with this holiday just a week away, it’s time to kick preparations into high gear. We’ve already divided up the dishes among the four of us who will be cooking. If you’re doing a pot luck holiday, I hope you’ve checked that off your list as well.
On Saturday I plan to pull out my recipes and prepare my shopping list for Sunday when I will purchase all of the ingredients that I need. And probably some that I don’t because the stores are so tempting right around Thanksgiving. I will probably bake the cookies that I plan to make over the weekend, because they will hold the longest if properly wrapped.
By the end of the weekend I will have a complete plan for when I plan to cook each dish, obviously based on how well they will hold in the refrigerator until Thursday.
It will be a happily busy week, but I expect our regular dinners will become an after-thought, and nothing to write about on this blog. Therefore, if you’re curious about what I’m up to and what I’ll be cooking, I’ll be switching my reporting to Instagram, instead, unless I have the time and the story worth reporting here. Follow me there as I post each dish as it’s prepared for the big day, and I’ll see you after the feast!
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