Happy Thanksgiving!

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)
  • Turkey
  • Stuffing
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Gravy
  • 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!

About Jim Vanderveen

I'm a bit of a Renaissance man, with far too many hobbies for my free time! But more important than any hobby is my family. My proudest accomplishment has been raising some great kids! And somehow convincing my wife to put up with me since 1988. ;)
This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Happy Thanksgiving!

  1. Daniel says:

    I know MY Thanksgiving was made brighter by a feast of Thai Kitchen that Jim sent to me and my team here. Thanks, Jim!

    Some people go a lot further than a bumper sticker and the haphazard comment about “supporting our troops”. There is no end to our appreciation for them. I only hope I can be as adamant a supporter when I return to America. I hope I don’t fall victim to the malaise of complacency perpetuated by an oversaturation of sensationalism… but I digress.

    Thanks for the food!

    Samarra, Iraq

  2. jim says:

    You’re welcome, Daniel! I’m so glad that you received the food in time for Thanksgiving! My family all sends you, your buddies, and your families our best wishes.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *