I am pretty excited. For the second time since moving here I have single friends who don’t have family to spend the holidays with!! Which means? I GET TO COOK. I find it slightly humorous that Dr. Esq said, “Oh, why do all that cooking stuff. There are some meet up groups that are going to pick a restaurant to eat at and then go out to a movie. We could do that.” He is lucky to still be breathing.
The WORST Thanksgiving I’ve ever had was the one where my fiancé’s Mom declared that the only good Thanksgiving was a Thanksgiving from a restaurant. I was suspicious to start with – and begged to be allowed to cook if she didn’t want to – but to no avail. Since we lived in Phoenix visions of amazing dinners danced through my head. Maybe dinner from Christopher’s? (now called Christopher's Fermier Brasserie) or from Lon’s at the Hermosa, or Don and Charlie’s (not my idea of fine dining, but still a Scottsdale tradition)? Reluctantly I agreed. You know, the whole keep the peace this is going to be your new family thing.
HOW STUPID AND YOUNG AND NIEVE WAS I???
Let me tell you … they TRIED to convince me “Sizzler” was “very nice”. Perhaps it was the instant atmosphere change to sub-zero weather, but the fiancé quickly realized THAT wasn’t going to fly. I’m sure behind my back there was some negotiations. I was appeased with the promise that “we’d go somewhere nice with table clothes” … as that seemed to be the only point of contention they could grasp.
I’m sure dear readers you can imagine my “unmitigated joy” (lol – Mitter’s Un-mit-igated Joy!) when we pulled up at a TGIF's. I wanted to say ‘WTF’ … but instead ordered double scotches throughout our entire “delightful” hour-long ordeal with factory bread, canned gravy, pressed turkey product, limp vegetables, and imitation whipped cream topping my frozen pie crust “dessert”. Thank GOD for Glenliviet, or I would surely be writing this to you from behind bars.
So … onto the menu for THIS Thanksgiving which I presume will surpass that bleak day 21 years ago.
We’ll start off with cheese and crackers. I have delegated this responsibility, but have every confidence there will be no “cheez” out of a can, or “cheese product” crossing my threshold.
Dinner will consist of:
Apple Cider-Brined Turkey with Savory (vegetarian) Gravy
- stuffed with -
Colby-Jack,Poblano and Corn Bread Dressing
Sautéed Green Beans Almandine
Vanilla Sweet Potatoes
- and -
North Carolina Oyster Casserole
Dessert is also being provided by one of the lovely guests. I am sure it will be a thousand times better than that rubbery, fake, slimy tasting pie all those years ago.
Once again I realize how lucky I am to have Mister Guitar, Sustainable Girl, Wesley, and Dr. Esq. as friends and have this opportunity to cook for them.
Indeed, God is good and I am thankful for my life.