Today (fourth Thursday of November) is Thanksgiving in the US. This marks the beginning of the holiday season, which lasts until New Year’s Day.
Thanksgiving is the holiday that I look forward to all year, because there’s no gift exchange so it seems less commercial than other holidays. And then there’s the food… I love to cook, and this is a great excuse to pull out all the stops in the kitchen! I don’t have time to post any recipes right now, but I may type one or two in later. Our family’s Thanksgiving feast customarily includes:
- Pre-feast appetizers (deviled eggs, olives, sweet pickles, celery with peanut butter, celery with pimento cheese, veggie dippers, spinach dip, candied walnuts)
- Mashed potatoes
- Poppy seed rolls
- Cranberries (homemade, of course!)
- “Awesome strawberry stuff”
- Candied yams
- Pumpkin pie
- Butternut squash pie
- Mincemeat pie
- Apple pie
- Libations — wine, sparkling apple and/or pear cider
My household normally hosts Thanksgiving for our extended family, but this year we don’t have enough room in our “new” house so we’re gathering at my sister’s in-law’s house. We should be finished with our remodeling project before next Thanksgiving, so hopefully next year we’ll resume our tradition of kicking off the holiday season at our home!