My Favorite Holiday….

I have to say, I love this time of year.  It’s just cool enough to warrant making and eating soup, but still warm enough for there still to be vegetables available.  Even better than that, is the approach of my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving.  It seems like every other holiday involves a lot of shopping and pomp and circumstance.  Thanksgiving is about food and family.  That’s it.  Anyone can participate.  If your family isn’t close enough then your friends are your family that night.  It’s not restricted to any group, it’s not restricted to any religion, it’s just that time when you get together with your family and eat… and eat…. and eat!  You can eat anything you want, it’s up to you, but there’s always some great family tradition involved in each dinner and I love learning about other people’s traditions.

Every year about two weeks before Thanksgiving, I start planning my menu.  This is way more involved that it should be, but everyone has their obsessions and a holiday that celebrates food is mine.  I remember just about all the menus from my past Thanksgiving dinners (my mind just works that way… no apologies) and refuse to repeat recipes from one year to another.  This can be good or bad.  I ask if anyone has requests for the menu and if the Hubs requests something that I made last year… it’s not going on the menu!  Since the Hubs likes surprises, I never reveal the menu until everyone is sitting at the table and all the covers come off the serving dishes.  (What can I say, I like the drama of it all.) And he usually doesn’t mind what isn’t there ‘cos he’s happy enough to dig into what is there.  (For those who are concerned for our well-being, I have the week off so I will have time for longer workouts and The Hubs will be doing a Turkey Trot the morning of Thanksgiving Day to get ready for the battle against leftovers).

I’m in the process of figuring out what’s for dinner and I’ll admit I’m having entirely too much fun.  With our recent trip to Jamaica I have tons of ideas floating around in my head.  I’ve been scouring cookbooks and cooking websites looking for ideas.  I tend to completely indulge my food nerdiness and make just about everything from scratch (yes I know how insane that sounds), but it all comes together in the end which is the most important part of course.  I don’t know what the final menu will be, but it’s The Kid’s half birthday so you know I’m going all out!

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  • Debra says:

    What better holiday for a foodie than Thanksgiving. This year we are going to Aruba, a friend of mine is getting married on Black Friday so enjoy family and friends and good food for us too. Hopefully we can luck up on a great meal.

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