Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!

by Maggie Sefton



Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday for a lot of us.  Maybe because the focus is on Food, Food, Food!  Moist, juicy roast turkey, scrumptious gravy, fluffy mashed potatoes and/or sweet potatoes in all variations (believe me, I've cooked a lot of different sweet potato recipes over the years), cranberry sauce, either sliced or freshly cooked cranberry sauce (I used to make my own special sauce, letting the cranberries and sugar mixture sit for two days before cooking), and different variations of green vegetables to add a little extra color and flavor.  :)  And we can't forget the stuffing or dressing as some call it.  I love to add freshly rubbed sage to the celery,  onion, butter, and beaten egg to the bread crumbs.  

And, then, there are the pies.  Homemade pumpkin pie, of course.  I like a nice spicy pie with extra cinnamon.  And don't forget another all-time favorite (my personal choice) is Pecan Pie.  I have my own "to-die-for" recipe for Southern Pecan Pie---guaranteed to put pounds on you.    Our family loved to add a Nouveau Beaujolais to the meal as well.  Those lovely, light wines usually become available right before
Thanksgiving every year.  Great timing!

Add to the main meal all the different types of appetizers for family and friends to nibble on while the turkey is roasting, and there's plenty to cook.  As my four daughters grew up, I would show them how to cook the various parts of the Thanksgiving meal.  That way they each learned how to prepare all the favorite foods.   And they are all wonderful cooks now.  :)

Over the years, I've gotten to gradually switch from Chief Chef of the Thanksgiving Feast to being one of the hungry guests.  A participating guest, actually.  No matter which daughter's home I visit for Thanksgiving, they all want me to make my Southern Pecan Pie.   As I said earlier----it is To Die For Good.  :)

What's your favorite part of the Thanksgiving Feast?