Thanksgiving is early this year and I’m feeling it. How is it possible that Thanksgiving is this week? That means that Christmas is just around the corner, which is super exciting, but I have deadlines in December and I’m not ready. Okay so instead of talking about that and making my hyperventilate, let’s talk turkey.
I don’t think I ever really appreciated Thanksgiving until The Professor and I lived in Tennessee and spent several of them away from family. Now that we’re back near my family, things are back to “normal.” We have lots of traditions in our family, like most families do and it makes for a very warm and family-focused holiday.
The bird – normally we do a regular roasted turkey. It’s yummy, but not my favorite part of the meal. This year my mom wanted to try something else so she’s ordered a smoked turkey form our local BBQ place. They make amazing turkey so I know it will be good, can’t quite decide though how the smoked flavor will mix with the rest of our traditional fare.
Dressing – In our family it’s dressing because we do not put it in the carcass, cause eww, that’s gross. (my apologies to those of you who like to eat carcass stuffing) My mother makes the best cornbread dressing in the world. Seriously. It’s so good, it’s ridiculous. Frankly if we just had that and pumpkin pie, I’d be happy.
Sweet Potatoes – Then I make my sweet potato casserole and I’ve been told by more than one family member that I wouldn’t be allowed in the door without them. They’re so good it’s sinful. I should just put it in a crust and call it what it is. Dessert! Oh yeah, I’m so ready for a big spoonful!
Cranberry sauce – Okay I’ll admit it, my family likes the canned jelly stuff. You know you pop it out in a can-shaped-jelled-blob. And it tastes awesome! So there.
Gravy – even though we’re having a smoked turkey this year, we’re still gonna have to have gravy because it goes on the dressing and the mashed potatoes. So it’s gonna have to happen. I’m just saying.
Pie – for me it’s really all about the pumpkin. I make them, but I don’t do anything fancy with it, no graham-cracker crust, no praline topping, just straight-up pumpkin pie served with cool whip. It’s the way God intended us to eat it. I also make pecan pie some years and I have a super easy recipe. But really let’s just stick with the big orange gourde.
So how about your family? What are your favorites?