Friday, November 27, 2009

The day after - let's blame it on the tryptophan!

A Thanksgiving Meme

Do you cook all or part of the meal?

I've done every variation, from cooking the entire meal, soup to nuts, to showing up an hour before dinner empty-handed. I prefer, honestly, to cook it all. Something about being able to prepare food and welcome guests to eat at my table that is just satisfying.

How much do you spend buying groceries for the meal?
Once, when we were poor, our entire Thanksgiving budget was under $20. More recently, though, we've made sacrifices in other areas so that we can afford the sort of food we want to eat - free range, organic, fair trade, and all that hippie drippie shite.

Do you eat at home or go to someone else's?
Occasionally we sup with my in-laws, though mostly we end up either doing something small and quiet at home, just the two of us, or driving the 45 minutes to Salem County, NJ, and gorging ourselves for 36 hours straight.

Describe your perfect bite?
Cranberries, a morsel of turkey, swabbed in mashed potatoes, and dipped in gravy.

White meat or dark?
White! I have just never enjoyed dark meat.

Stuffing with giblets or without?
I don't make it with, but I have consumed it with. I kinda don't even like to see the bag o' giblets come out of the turkey...

Anything you won't eat at the Thanksgiving meal?
There are a few things I can't eat, so that there eliminates most of the breads and desserts. I tend to not eat coleslaw - I don't like mayonnaise - and I don't think I've ever eaten the green Jello salad that my mother makes... Must be a green food thing.

Carve Mr. Gobble at the table or serve on a platter?
When it's just the two of us, we tend to pick and serve at the table. But for gatherings, it's easier to prep the carvings in the kitchen and serve it on a platter.

Favorite pie?
My sister-in-law made a completely delcious gluten-free pecan pie for yesterday's dessert. I really enjoyed that. But, I prefer ice cream to pie.

Formal table or Chinet?
I don't have fine china - I don't really believe in it, it's not my thing. I prefer to use my dishes every day rather than just on special occasions. So, let's say semi-formal table. Business-casual table. Glassware and stemware and matching silverware... I recently got in a table linen groove and have been using cloth napkins for our soirees. I imagine once I get a loom (damn, it's not longer a question of "if...?"), I'll make table runners and placemats galore!

Your menu?
This year's menu: two hickory-smoked turkeys, southern-style cornbread stuffing, a gravy worth chugging out on, sweet-glazed carrots, green bean casserole, coleslaw, creamed onions, green Jello salad, cranberry relish, freshly baked bread, mashed potatoes with Penzey's magic, pumpkin pie, GF chocolate pie, and GF pecan pie. I think that's it... No sweet potatoes this year. No squash...

Favorite leftover?
EVERYTHING. I totally cannot wait to go home from work today and put together a big ol' plate of leftovers! That anticipation would be why I didn't bring leftovers for lunch!!!

Extended family, friends, both or just immediate family for dinner?
This year, we entertained friends AND family. It was swell. Next year, I should be able to travel (I won't have to work Friday and Saturday - maybe), so we'll see where we end up...

After dinner, do you go to the latest movie or football on TV?
Football is on TV all day. I usually curl up somewhere and craft and finish off whatever bottle of booze needs finishing.

Do you watch the Macy's parade?
I'm not really into parades. Early in the day, we'll tune into the Philadelphia parade, but most of the time, I'll throw on some music and entertain myself.

Christmas decorations up before or after?
In years' past, we've put them up over the holiday weekend. This year, we've got a lot of home improvement going on and we have a deadline in mind, as well. Decorating, as bah-humbug as it may sound, will just interfere with that progress. Plus, the basement is a royal mess... Even if we wanted to decorate, it would first require a considerable amount of basement cleaning...

Black Friday shopping or sleep in?
Option C - work. The one and only time I went shopping on Black Friday was years ago with my mom. By the time we got to the head of the line to check out, the manager had browbeat the cashier to such an extent that we lodged complaints against him. Here's to you, Asshole John - after all these years, I still think you have a little wienie.

Any special Thanksgiving tradition?
As kids in the band, a lot of our Thanksgivings were spent at footballs games, doing pre-game and halftime shows. We'd come home to a house full of delicious aromas. That was our tradition for years. Now, the tradition is for my husband and my sister to argue over who's green bean casserole it is (is it Mike's because he's older? Is it Amy's because our mom makes it? The debate ensues!). My mom always makes a veggie tray for pre-meal snacking, and she makes the green Jello salad and coleslaw. If we're traveling to New Jersey, we usually make a traditional stop at the booze store in DE before crossing over the Delaware Memorial Bridge.

Favorite thing about Thanksgiving?
That moment just before everyone asks for seconds...

Favorite Thanksgiving memory?
Post-meal turkey comas are ALWAYS a good memory.

Hope those of you that celebrated had a wonderfully warm and tasty holiday!


Robin said...

Everything was so delicous. My first smoked turkey and I liked it. It was so juicy. You really did you mom proud. It was such a nice day, good food, good company. I for one had the food coma kick in about 5 minutes after I arrived home. It lasted for 2 hours on the couch! ....followed by stitching.

diana said...

Wait - what is Penzey's Magic? I'm about to make my annual pre-Xmas trek there and I need to know what this magical substance is.

Your story about Black Friday shopping made me laugh out loud. My mom could hold a grudge like nobody's business, and my sisters and I have carried on the family tradition. Time passes, but oh no we do not forget!