Oh my, what a lovely holiday. This is one day that is all about the food. No gifts to buy, just the company of family and friends. In my family, there are expectations for this day. They expect the same bird recipe with stuffing or dressing and mushroom gravy and the meal has to end with chocolate pecan pie and classic pecan pie. The sides are important but not as critical as the turkey, so I can get a little creative. This concept was tested one year when we spent T-Day at the Outer Banks. The beach was awesome, but the turkey was just OK. We ordered a turkey and my immediate family let me know that is not what they look forward to. I guess this is where tradition steps in and takes hold. I am good with that. This way the main dish has been tested and approved, so be it.
Thanksgiving food is for Thanksgiving day and it is worth the wait. We fix a large meal and eat till we are ready to pop, have leftovers for several days afterward and and then we are done until next year. We have whole roasted turkey, stuffing, cranberries and pecan pie once a year. So we are in agreement that Thanksgiving is for being thankful and copious amounts of our favorite delicious food. Oh yeah, and family and friends, they are the icing on the cake!