Friday, October 10, 2008
Not only that - it's the Friday of Thanksgiving weekend for we folks of the True North Strong and Free.
Turkeys, sweet potatoes, and sugar beets are on sale in every grocery store. The liquor store is packed to the rafters with dark and heavy beers, luscious vintage wines (suitable for poultry faire), and the bakeries are overflowing with pumpkin pies and their ilk.
I love Thanksgiving. It's like Christmas - without the credit card bills.
Yes, I know that this time of year we are reminded to count our blessings and all the good things we have in life. I personally am thankful for the internet, and for the ability to keep in touch with those who are far from me. You know who you are...and you know I love you.
But for me, the holidays are first and foremost about FOOD.
There is nothing more satisfying in my opinion, than a full roasted turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Turkey, golden brown and succulent. Savory stuffing with celery, onions and pecans...rich gravy...homemade cranberry sauce...mashed potatoes...sweet potatoes...fresh corn...cauliflower and/or broccoli...freshly baked crusty rolls. Desserts of delicious pumpkin pie...apple cobbler...classic cheesecake with berries and caramel...rich coffee and liqueur...
....and a shit load of damned dishes. (I hate when reality kicks in, don't you?)
Sadly, the man and I are having none of the above this year. He has to work over the holiday, and although I would love to do the full turkey thing, I have no desire to go to that much trouble for just the two of us. A meal like that is meant to be shared...and this year, there is no one to share it with.
So, it looks like we'll be having turkey of a different sort.
Flakes of turkey.
Mmm mm good.
I did, however, make pies.
To my Canadian friends, I bid you all a Happy Thanksgiving. And to my American friends, I wish you a happy weekend.