We usually have a huge family Thanksgiving, perhaps 60 to 70 people, everyone bringing signature dishes and squeezing together at four or five tables. This year my grandma is fighting cancer, and the elder generation is overwhelmed with her care. They've decided we'll do Thanksgiving at a local buffet instead. I understand completely, but I'm sad that the kids will miss the casual conversation and excited play of a holiday at home.
My husband is lamenting the loss of the leftovers. I think he might be the most disappointed of all! He's suggested that I cook a second Thanksgiving dinner on Friday. He doesn't ask for much, so I'll try to oblige. I'm going to experiment with some new recipes I wouldn't have the courage to bring to a family do. Andrew will make Barbara Curtis' cranberry sauce--we're a canned sauce family here, but we just read a great kids book about cranberry harvests, so we'll count this as a learning experience. I'll bow to the new cooking trend with Chief Executive Mom's cider brined rosemary turkey. Vegetables will feature no-sugar-added sweet potatoes, Martha's Plantation Spicy Kale, and a lower-carb version of my grandma-in-law's baked macaroni and cheese. (You can tell I'm Southern because I list macaroni and cheese in the vegetable column!)
Care to share what you're serving for dessert? I need some ideas!