So it feels like a lifetime ago that I was obsessively browsing the web, checking the US election polls, praying, hoping for change. I checked HuffPo on average, um, a few dozen times a day. Or maybe more, I'm too embarrassed to say. The children grew, as did the pile of dirty dishes in the kitchen. I felt like an obsessive sports fan who is convinced that if he takes his eye off the ball for one split second, fate will decree that the other team wins. As a left-winger and a Cubs fan, I know the pain of losing, let me tell you. And then it was over. We won. And strangely enough, there was a kind of a void in my life. For about a half a second.
And now? I obsessively browse the web preparing for Thanksgiving! Same dirty kids, same pile of dishes, new obsession. Such is my loyalty to our readers (or maybe I'm just trying to find a justification for the time I've wasted?) that I am going to share a few nuggets with you:
Pioneer Woman. If you don't know her, get yourself over to her site and introduce yourself. She is the Queen of Thanksgiving this year, with a dozen mouth-watering, waist-enlarging recipes. She likes to tell you not to skimp, oh Lordy. Personally, when I look at the volume of stuff she writes about and apparently does (raising children, home-schooling, cattle-farming, renovating, cooking, writing about it all) I am convinced that "she" is actually "a collection of Mormon wives looking after Marlboro Man and the kids". Seriously, does this woman sleep? Anyway, I'll be trying her Whisky Glazed Carrots this year and using her cornbread stuffing as a springboard for my recipe this year.
How about a nod to the multi-cultural aspect of our beloved nation? I came across a link to Asian Grandmothers Cookbook through Foodgoat and thought the Sticky Rice Stuffing looked just lovely. See what you think here. (And a big congratulations to FoodGoat and LadyGoat, by the way, on the arrival of GoatSpawn. If you haven't yet admired her, hop on over there and do some serious cooing at the screen!)
I think it's a really tribute to Shauna's beautiful prose and mouth-watering recipes that although I don't actually know a single person with Celiac disease I can't help checking the Gluten Free Girl's site at least once a day - just in case. Sometimes people update more than once a week you know. If you or someone you know needs to be gluten-free this Thanksgiving take a look at her comprehensive guide to a gluten-free holiday. And I won't tell on you if you admire her baby too, while you are at it. I like babies.
And lastly, here are a few favorites from our archives here on Too Many Chefs that you might find inspiring:
Stuffed Acorn Squash (a lovely main dish if you are going meat-free)
And I leave you with my favorite Thanksgiving comic strip, courtesy of Foxtrot. I'm sorry to infringe on their copyright but if anyone can tell me how to link to the right strip on their site I'd be more than happy to do so. Alternatively, I'd love to purchase a copy of the strip for framing, as it sums up our household so well!
* The more things change, the more it's the same...