Is it unpopular to like turkey these days? We're having Thanksgiving dinner with three other families in the area and apparently there will be ham AND turkey. One of the wives even asked if people even like turkey. Let me be the first to say that I LOVE turkey. And I'm very neutral on ham. Thanksgiving dinner without turkey would be like Easter dinner.
Also, I don't remember my mom ever making stuffing; it wasn't until a few years ago that I had it for the first time and discovered that I like it (in fact, I had a plate of stuffing for dinner (I shouldn't have admitted that)).
Anyway, I'm getting excited about doing some Thanksgiving cooking. I volunteered to do the mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, spinach salad, grasshopper pie (Bart's request - don't tell him that it is not a traditional Thanksgiving food; he'll be crushed) and rhubarb pie. Mmmmmm. Delicious.
By the way, I remember reading a while ago on Nothing but Bonfires that she distrusted other people's mashed potatoes because she always felt like hers would be the creamiest and smoothest. I thought this was odd for I dislike perfectly creamy and smooth mashed potatoes. I like them with some chunks left in. And? If I'm making them with red potatoes, I leave the peels on. (People I am having Thanksgiving with, I hope you don't mind - let me know if you object. And I shall let you know that you are wrong).
I really love Thanksgiving. We'll watch the 1995 Miracle on 34th Street and take a long walk and then enjoy a lovely meal with some of my favorite people. The next day, we'll put up the tree (after I get home from work - boo! hiss!) I can't wait.
And I listened to my first Christmas song today. Don't you dare tell me it's too early. Josh Groban's "O Holy Night" need not wait until after Thanksgiving.