Posted by Tawny Weber Nov 14 2012, 3:12 am
Yep, it’s that time. Yum time. Next week is we celebrate Thanksgiving here in the U.S., which for all of it’s lovely sentiment and national meaning, is really all about food.
Especially traditional food. Now, just a quick note… I’m all for shaking up the traditional menu. First of all, both of my daughters, my brother and I are all vegetarian – so we’re not attached to the turkey 🙂 There are a few traditional side dishes that are mandatory at our table that I’d be perfectly fine skipping. But if I tried, my family would all sit on the couch, arms crossed over their chests and their lower lips jutting out in a pout that would garner a finger wag from Santa, all refusing to come to the table. So we stick with the canned cranberry sauce and the mushroom soup green beans, as well as my favorites – mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy, cornbread stuffing, savory sweet potatoes and homemade yeast rolls. Yes, I am a carb queen.
So, really, the only place to mix it up on the traditional fare is dessert. And even that has rules. There has to be pumpkin pie, and usually my sister-in-law brings a chocolate cream pie and lemon meringue, too. But to me, desserts are where it’s all at. I want something new. I want to test out a different treat. And, really, dessert is the only place I can because it’s not ‘on the table’ so it doesn’t have to meet hte traditional meal requirements set by the stubborn pouters – aka my family.
I figure we have to have pie -that’s a given. And i’d be all for something fun like cheesecake or pecan bars or a pumpkin roll or some kind of cookies, but I keep getting reminded by my husband that every year, everybody is always too full to do much damage to the dessert table, which means we’re stuck with tons of desserts afterward. And since we don’t have extra family from out of town this year, we don’t have anyone to pawn off an extra slice of pie for breakfast on. So – I can’t get too crazy. Darnit.
Soooo… what do you think? What is your traditional Thanksgiving dessert? Do you mix it up? Do you have suggestions that I can try? Recipes or favorite foodie sites? And seriously, are you allowed to change up your Thanksgiving meal, or is it every family that stands firm on their holiday have-to’s?