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?  


10 comments:

Annette N said...

My favorite part is sharing with people I love.

mary kennedy said...

What a wonderful post, Maggie I agree with Annette, the best part of the day is spending time with friends and family.

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

I'm with the two people above. The best part is sitting around the table with my family.Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Anonymous said...

I love cooking for my family and watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade while I'm preparing our meal.

Aurian said...

Thanksgiving is the only American "feast" that has not reached Holland. Perhaps because it is not commercial like Halloween and Valentine's Day. I wish you all a great day, with amazing food and lots of family and friends around you if you so desire :)

Maggie Sefton said...

Absolutely, Annette. That's my favorite part, too. :)

Maggie Sefton said...

You got it, Mary.

Maggie Sefton said...

Thank you so much, Diane. I've already had one Thanksgiving with daughter Christine & family & my four grandkids plus my youngest daughter Maria was also there. We celebrated last Saturday because we'd all be in town then. Now, Maria is in Texas with daughter Serena & Christine & family are at Penn State. Meanwhile, I'm still here in Northern VA sharing Thanksgiving with my dear friends from childhood---Diane and Nancy and husbands. They're family in my book. :)

Maggie Sefton said...

Oh, yes, Angie. Love that parade. I actually got to see it once in New York City with daughter Melissa who lives there. Sunny but COLD. Brrrrr! Melissa will be here in Northern VA for Turkey Day.

Maggie Sefton said...

Thank you so much, Aurian. You're a dear. Have a wonderful day, too, and a great weekend. :)