Wednesday, November 23, 2016


For "foodies" tomorrow is one of the most important days of the year.

It's supposed to be a day for giving thanks for any and every thing good in your life.

But it has evolved into a day to overeat, usually of turkey and a variety of foods that accompany it.

Dressing (cooked outside of the turkey) and/or stuffing (cooked inside of the turkey), sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, various vegetable dishes, cranberries in a variety of forms, olives, onions, cheese, crackers, bread, rolls, and on and on.

Dessert?  Always pie.  Pumpkin pie is the traditional one.  But sometimes sweet potatoe pie, apple, cherry, blueberry, pecan (in the American south mainly), maybe peach, or whatever.

Or cheesecake.

We're doing our traditional, non-traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner.

We haven't done a full turkey for years, decades maybe.

Since turkey breasts became available in supermarkets, that has been our turkey dinner of choice.

But tomorrow, SWMBO is preparing Spatchcocked (butterflied) Chicken instead of turkey.

We discovered that dish in the past year and we both like it, probably better than turkey.

Alongside the turkey, er, chicken the accompanying dishes will be the same as if we actually had the turkey.

We will be only the two of us.

The BRD has been overwhelmed this year as she and her Beau Jack move into a new home so they will dine separately from us whenever they get the time.

Thanksgiving can be a day fraught with peril, as members of one's extended family get together with all of their disparate views on the news of the day.

Arguments can develop, feelings can be hurt.

Which makes our feasting day this year all the easier.

And it has another value.

SWMBO is making a pumpkin pie today or tomorrow but she made an apple pie yesterday.

And since we are just the two of us, we didn't have to wait for the big day.

We cut it and had the first pieces last night!

Happy Thanksgiving, Gentle Readers.


Stephen Hayes said...

I'm not in the South, but I do love pecan pie on Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving to you and the lovely SWMBO.

Kate said...

Ah, the yearly feast with comfort food. What could be better?!X

joeh said...

To accommodate various family members, we have been having a big Thanksgiving meal the Sunday before for the last three years, so I feel like Thanksgiving is over. We are going for a Turkey Breast as well and then have all the left overs from Sunday...not much, we had eighteen people and they all left with turkey and fixins. Happy Thanksgiving!

Anonymous said...

Back at you, Bruce.


William Kendall said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you.

Should Fish More said...

Cheers, Bruce.
May the day be happy for you and yours.
The start if an evening snowstorm here, first big one of the season. Yes,it's late. Very, very late. But, as the new order tells us, has nothing to do with climate change and human involvement.
Take care

Val said...

Happy Thanksgiving! My mom always made a pecan pie, and she was the only one who ate it. I wouldn't know where to start.

Zhoen said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Just the two of us today as well. Got a "broiler" chicken, hoping it works out. Only the cats love turkey around here, and I made them their catsoup last night.

Thérèse said...

I keep Thanksgiving alive at our house except for the pumpkin pie I admit... not my cup of tea.

Lowell said...

As I recall, the real "authentic" meat for Thanksgiving should be deer. On, dear, I hope I didn't hurt any turkey's feelings... :)