One of the advantages a cookbook has over a food blog is that you can consult it in the run-up to a holiday. For the last few days I've been scattering books around the flat, making and remaking decisions. Oyster stuffing or traditional sage and onion? (Do I dare? Do I dare?) What to do with that lovely butternut squash in the corner? Although I'll probably start cooking tomorrow night, I won't be writing about the results until after the table has been cleared, the glasses washed and everyone has gently (or heartily) belched. I don't want to give away any surprises for our 10 cherished guests. And in our case, the delay is increased further by the fact that I live in a country that doesn't recognize Thanksgiving as a holiday. So while our American readers are sitting down to a heaping plate of turkey and stuffing, I'll be slogging away at work as usual.
That makes me feel sad, knowing that I'm far away from my vast extended family on my favorite foodie holiday.
On the other hand, I have so much to be thankful for that I'm actually ashamed of myself when the sad feeling hits me. Although my parents, siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins are a couple thousand miles away, I have my new precious immediate family here. This is the first Thanksgiving for our baby, and the timing of his birth is such that I can actually look forward to feeding him some of our feast. We have enough to eat every day. We have thousands of readers who are interested in reading what we eat every day. We are very lucky. So Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I'll be thinking of you all tomorrow as I trudge to work. And I'll be thanking my lucky stars profoundly when we say grace on Saturday.
And in case you too are desperately looking for ideas for your Thanksgiving tables, read on for a list of some of our fall and holiday posts from the past. Maybe you missed one or two gems...
Until then, may your table groan with the weight of delicious dishes and your waistband be expandable and large. Bon ap'!