Our first married Thanksgiving… now we’re on five and counting!
How many of you have watched the show “Dharma and Greg” from the nineties? Show of hands? Anybody? Bueller? Anyway, it’s a great show – I used to watch it religiously with my mom, and the show had some fantastic quotes that still apply to life in 2009. (It helps that I have the first season on DVD to keep my memory fresh.) One of my favorite moments is when Dharma decides to cook Thanksgiving dinner for Greg, both sets of parents, and their weird friends Pete and Jane. Kitty, Dharma’s mother-in-law, tries to discourage her:
“Oh, Dharma, every new bride thinks she wants to cook a Thanksgiving dinner, and it always ends up the same way. Someone cries, someone is rushed to the emergency room, and a perfectly lovely bird gets wasted. Which, if I don’t eat soon, will be me.”
You can bet that quote was on my mind on Thanksgiving 2005, when I was the new bride cooking Thanksgiving dinner for the first time! Fortunately for me, it was just me, the hubs, and my mother-in-law… and my mother-in-law happens to be a delight, unlike Kitty Montgomery. Thanksgiving was a breeze and I’ve done a few more Thanksgivings and one Christmas since then, so I feel like I’m starting to get the whole holiday dinner thing down. And this year, it’s even easier – hubby, mother-in-law and I are going to a neighbor’s house for the holiday and she and I have split the cooking responsibilities – something I would have never considered doing just a few years ago! This year, though, the number one item on my list of things that I am thankful for is that I don’t have to cook the turkey! (Okay, maybe not the number one thing, but it’s pretty high up. Turkey is a pain.) Here’s my menu for this year…
Artichoke Dip – a holiday tradition for my family!
Soup and Bread
Apple and Butternut Squash Soup
Buttermilk Fantail Rolls
Roast Turkey (contributed by my neighbor)
Traditional Stuffing (contributed by my neighbor)
Sweet Potatoes (contributed by my neighbor)
Classic Mashed Potatoes
Citrus-Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Green Bean Casserole
Roasted Acorn Squash with Cranberries and Orange
Pumpkin Cake (contributed by my neighbor)
Chocolate Chip Cookies (contributed by my neighbor)
Yankee Apple-Cranberry Pie
As you can see, it’s quite a menu! Fortunately, we’re going to have a bigger crowd than usual this year, what with combining gatherings with my neighbor – and a friend or two who may stop by for dessert. Now it’s your turn – what’s on your bountiful table this year?