Monday, November 19, 2007

One More for Dinner

It's Thanksgiving week, and once again I am trying to time out my chores so it all comes out even at 4pm on Thursday. I have lists scattered on various flat surfaces, in my purse, on my laptop. I apparently am a compulsive list-maker. At least I don't have a list of my lists.

I am also a compulsive recipe hunter. I can cook nearly anything (and I do it well) and have more than enough recipes to last the rest of my life. But for some reason I must continue to collect food ideas. I watch cooking shows - Iron Chef America, 30-Minute Meals, etc. - and use what I learn to improve the food I prepare.

This Thanksgiving is no different. Last year I learned how (and why) to soak a turkey in a brine solution before cooking from Alton Brown's show, "Good Eats." This year I discovered that World Market carries a jar of turkey brine ingredients - just add water! I'm in heaven! I apply new techniques to old favorites and I still haven't learned not to try new recipes when entertaining.

This year's menu will be roast turkey, cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes with streusel topping, carrots, cloverleaf rolls, cranberry orange relish, pumpkin pie, and a cheesecake made by my son. Just when I was worried about having too much food for four people, my husband called to ask about inviting his sister and her family from Detroit. The day is saved!

I love Thanksgiving, and for more than just the food. I love the idea of a holiday dedicated to giving thanks and showing appreciation. I have a wonderful family, a great job, and a lovely home. I have my health, my mind, and my heart. I have more than I will ever need and am so grateful.

I have wonderful people in my life - close and caring friends who continually show me how much they care, the love of a good man, an adult son of whom I am terribly proud, and an extended family/support mechanism. I wish these things for everyone this Thanksgiving. Oh, yeah. And peace.