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Pull Up a Chair: Food Glorious Food

Thanksgiving is upon us, I hope all of you have wrangled your turkeys, corralled your sides and primped your desserts. I don’t think I’m much different from the rest of you and our dinner is traditionally the same: a celery plate with black olives, then the deftly carved roasted turkey, plus mashed potatoes, green beans, gravy, and cranberry (straight out of the can). I know some people traditionally do a macaroni and cheese but that would upset the order of things here. Dessert may include other things, but it has to be pumpkin pie and ‘Cookie Dessert’ – which dates back to the dark days of the Depression – quite simple to make: Nabisco’s Famous Wafers sandwiched together with the homemade whipped cream, then refrigerated so the cookies get delightfully mushy. It is imperative that it is sliced at an angle, btw – doesn’t taste the same otherwise ;).

Occasionally other dishes are added in-addition-to, my cousin now brings a tasty cranberry concoction, but the canned jelly stays.

Is your dinner like this, all traditional dishes? Do your family members balk at substitutions? Who among us dares to present a differing menu every year?

And please, share your traditions, your favorites and your memories.

My favorite part is the ever increasing mouthwatering aroma of roasted turkey as the hour nears.

I particularly chose this video from Oliver! to remind us all to donate to, if not volunteer at, your local food bank and/or homeless shelter, we can’t give the Tea Partyans their satisfaction of making anyone go hungry on Thanksgiving, or any day.

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Pull Up a Chair: Food Glorious Food

Thanksgiving is upon us, I hope all of you have wrangled your turkeys, corralled your sides and primped your desserts. I don’t think I’m much different from the rest of you and our dinner is traditionally the same: a celery plate with black olives, then the deftly carved roasted turkey, plus mashed potatoes, green beans, gravy, and cranberry (straight out of the can). I know some people traditionally do a macaroni and cheese but that would upset the order of things here. Dessert may include other things, but it has to be pumpkin pie and ‘Cookie Dessert’ – which dates back to the dark days of the Depression – quite simple to make: chocolate wafer cookies, Nabisco’s Famous Wafers sandwiched together with the homemade whipped cream, then refrigerated so the cookies get delightfully mushy. It is imperative that it is sliced at an angle, btw – doesn’t taste the same otherwise ;).

Occasionally other dishes are added in addition to, my cousin now brings a tasty cranberry concoction, but the canned jelly stays.

Is your dinner like this, all traditional dishes? Do your family members balk at substitutions? Who among us dares to present a differing menu every year?

And please, share your traditions, your favorites and your memories.

My favorite part is the ever increasing mouthwatering aroma of roasted turkey as the hour nears.

I particularly chose this video from Oliver! to remind us all to donate to, if not volunteer at, your local food bank and/or homeless shelter, we can’t give the Tea Partyans their satisfaction of making anyone go hungry on Thanksgiving, or any day.

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