A post from Little Miss, whose Mayflower ancestors invented this all-American holiday:
Thanksgiving is like the foodie Superbowl – so much, in fact, that at one point I demanded to know why Puppy Bowl wasn’t on. It is the single biggest food day of the year, and if you’re doing it right the very purpose of the day is The Meal. Glorious and damning all at the same time, the traditional Thanksgiving dinner is not only problematic because it is dedicated to the celebration of plenty, but also because it comes with so many scrumptious non-negotiables. You have to have turkey, duh, and of course gravy, stuffing and mashed potatoes. You also have to have cranberries, and green bean casserole and brussels sprouts.
And then you look at the menu and think, crap, maybe we better have something fresh, and doesn’t involve dairy fat. So you add a salad. And then you think well god, this is the same stuff we make every year, we really have to make some new things too. Pretty soon you’ve added the Noah’s Ark of carbs (two of every kind), vegetables spanning the fall rainbow, and no fewer than three desserts, plus toffee for snacking…. Then your guests call and offer to bring further irresistible temptations like apple cheese torte and snickerdoodles. And by this time you’ve pretty much passed the point of no return. You’ve plunged headlong into an absurdly overindulgent world in which a ratio of half a dessert per person is not only reasonable, but a little on the conservative side.
Thank god there’s a whole weekend and the James Bond marathon to recover from all this holiday.
Yuan did a nice job carving Mr. Turkey. He was tender and juicy. The turkey, not Yuan. Our traditional Thanksgiving feast for twelve consisted of sausage stuffing, brussel sprouts with bacon, carrot souffle, sweet potatoes, garlic mashed potatoes with marscapone, cranberry horseradish relish, gravy, fall salad with pomegranates and pears, green bean casserole, and whole wheat dinner rolls. Our guests included college, Hawaii and Davis friends.
Little Lane knew where to find the good stuff. Dessert table!! Dessert was truly a communal effort. Almond Toffee, Apple Almond Cheese Torte, Snickerdoodles, Pumpkin White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies, Pumpkin Pie, Apple Pie, Cranberry Peach Pie, Pumpkin Cheesecake with Marshmallow Topping and Whipped Cream. Oh and three different kinds of ice cream including homemade white chocolate ice cream.