Yes, the countdown to Thanksgiving has begun. If you read The Goddess Blogs, you might have seen my comments about disastrous Thanksgivings which the ever wonderful Kathryn Caskie wrote about, but usually around here, Thanksgiving in like my own personal Super Bowl. Tons of planning, working out hauling groceries into the house, and of course all the cooking that I get done ahead of time. Yes, ahead of time. So if you are cooking Thanksgiving this year, don’t make the rookie mistake of thinking that you have to cook the entire meal that day. Are you kidding? You’d be too tired to decide between the pumpkin or pecan pie (and just make mine a sliver of each . . . no a little bigger sliver, please!). If you do a little bit each day, starting now, by Thanksgiving, you’ll be the star quarterback of the finest meal around.
So let’s all take a deep breath, say it together, “I wish to channel Martha, I wish to channel Martha,” and get going.
I usually start with the menu a few weeks a head of time. With Thanksgiving coming early, I’m a little off my game, but I am going to catch up quickly. Getting the menu and ingrediants written out now will make the shopping over the weekend (I recommend early Sunday or Monday morning as the BEST time to shop for Thanksgiving). Tuesday shopping is frowned upon and don’t even drive past the grocery store on Wednesday. So here’s the tentative menu for Thanksgiving at the Boyles:
- Turkey (Well, duh)
- Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- Spiced Pearl Onions
- Asparagus or green beans (whatever looks good in the store)
- Mom’s rolls (I know, we are having stuffing, but you have to have Mom’s rolls)
- Some cranberry, pineapple, jello, marshmallow thing the kids (and adults who have room on their plate)
- Salad with mandarin oranges and candied almonds
- Cranberry relish
- Fruit Punch for the kids
No sweet potatoes. I usually eat those year round, so I don’t do them on Thanksgiving. And no, I am not taking reservations. So now that I have the menu, I make the grand shopping list. We’ll go through that closer to Sunday.
So what is on your Thanksgiving menu that is special, you love, or that you absolutely hate?
NEXT UP: Making your own cranberry relish.