Happy Thanksgiving

I just had a tooth extracted today. It couldn’t be saved. A molar. It will be missed until it is replaced.

What does that have to do with Thanksgiving? I mean, no one really wants to know another person’s dental history, right?

Well, I was told…prescribed…soft foods and liquids for the next couple of days. The two days are today…and tomorrow. Ahem. Thanksgiving day.

So…..while thinking of what possible soft foods and liquids might even be palatable, I find my mind completely wandering off task to all the fond memories of eats that our family has enjoyed over the years, on the very Thanksgiving day.

After all, it is one of the most food-centric holidays out there. The one day that gives us a winning ticket, a “get out of jail free” card, a license to eat to near bursting. The one day where cooks work feverishly and hosts tighten their aprons. The one day where someone fills a table with the most amazing items of all shapes and sizes and hues and then says “have at it…as much as you want as long as you’d like.” Only a few other days during the year even compare. It’s almost magical.

And here I sit. Thinking of my favorite sides, breads, desserts…and, of course, the entree.

Do you go traditional (twice bakes candied sweet potato casserole and pumpkin pie)? Do you break the mold (mom likes to do a luscious prime rib roast, and one year I begged for chocolate mousse)? Do you have secret dishes (mom’s cranberry relish is my absolute favorite – fresh berries, orange zest, and other tasty bits…so sweet and tart all at once…refreshing)? Do you have old standbys (hello green bean casserole)?

This day should be celebrated at least every week if not every night!

Great food and companionship awaits tomorrow. So, despite my prescription, I will be certain to enjoy the day and all of the magnificent dishes I’ll encounter. Hail to all the cooks, hosts, and helpers out there.

And………..have a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving!

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