I had to run some errands this week and low and behold, what do I hear? The sounds of Christmas! It’s the first week of November and we are already being assaulted by Christmas. I have nothing against “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, but it has a month of it’s own – December.
I wish I could get all those people who have their houses decked out before Thanksgiving begins to slow down. Why not enjoy our Thanksgiving meal and wait until December to worry about Kris Kringle. Maybe we’d be a little less harried and grouchy during the season if it didn’t start the day after Halloween.
November is for enjoying the last bit of Fall and the best holiday of the year…Thanksgiving. It’s a holiday that celebrates the great simple gifts in life that get lost in our everyday lives.
- The importance of family and friends
- Remembering to sit and enjoy a meal with those we care about most
- Appreciating the wonderful and flavorful foods of the season
I look forward to planning my Thanksgiving meal almost as much as the actual holiday itself. With more people to feed, I can really stretch out and get inspired. When I’m cooking for my small family, I don’t get the opportunity to cook too many grand meals. With my extended family at the table, I can really go crazy and try out all kinds of side dishes. Personally, I could skip the turkey all together and just focus on the sides. This year I’m going to try to lighten up the menu a bit and keep the flavors brighter. I’ve tended to have use a fair amount of butter and heavy cream. This year I’m really going to focus on letting the natural flavors of the ingredients shine by making use of lots of herbs and spices.
What is your favorite side at your Thanksgiving table? Is it a family recipe, or are you trying something new this year? Add your thoughts in the comments.