We are all consumed with what will be consumed in 2 weeks and 4 days from now, a day otherwise known as Thanksgiving, also known as Turkey Day. You almost have to serve turkey. To do otherwise is un-American? Call it what you will. The big question is, are you cooking, travelling or visiting?
I am visiting, and will have it easy this year. No hosting, no turkey, just some sides and a dessert. But let's face it, eating Turkey on Thanksgiving Day is completely random!! But we all love it so take the pressure off. Preparing turkey, potatoes and desserts might just be easier than the inevitable "day with the relatives."
I give hosts a lot of credit. This is no easy holiday to host. Thanksgiving should be about eating corn and turkey and giving thanks. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving has turned into a culinary stylistic showcase with incredible food AND family pressure that also opens the floodgates for the holiday season indulgence to come. Fun for all!
Let's bring it on back for a minute. Turkey. Sides. Dessert. Massage, Rinse, Repeat. Here's a plan to help you through the month:
If you want to improve your cooking acumen, try Williams-Sonoma. Located in downtown Westfield at 127 Central Avenue, Williams-Sonoma has four free-of-charge Techniques Classes that focus on 4 primary Thanksgiving host approaches:
Clyne & Murphy offers a roasted turkey, stuffing, sweet potato casserole, green beans with cashew butter, glazed carrots, cranberry sauce, gravy, dinner rolls and a dessert. Robert Treat Deli is a good bet for an honest fresh roast turkey, homemade gravy, traditional bread stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, buttered green beans, cranberry sauce and fresh baked pies. 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro offers roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, traditional stuffing, pumpkin & shrimp bisque and fresh apple and pumpkin pies.
If you are dining out on Thanksiving day, make a rezzie at Acquaviva delle fonti or Chez Catherine, for Thanksgiving specials all day. Or get some Applegate Farms or Trader Joe's sliced turkey breast and make your own sandwich. What could be more American than that?!
Whatever you do, enjoy your day and enjoy cooking & entertaining.