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Don’t let the Christmas music distract you from appreciating Thanksgiving! - 11/12/13

I like to eat. I know it sounds cooler if I call myself a foodie, but I'm really just grateful for all things flavorful and I have a taste for cooking. This is why Thanksgiving is my kind of holiday! That and because no one gets offended if I cook with bricks of butter ... and for all these reasons ... I am thankful.

Its hard to smell the turkey stock for the trees through. Have you noticed Christmas Trees are already for sale? Halloween just wrapped 12 days ago! I also can't enjoy shopping for my cornucopia with Kelly Clarkson's Wrapped in Red album playing. I love Kelly, but her rendition of Run, Run Rudolph is chasing me around the store. Can't we wait just two more weeks before we start pushing deals and each other at local malls? Black Friday is already encroaching on my holiday. Macy's, Target, Best Buy and Walmart have announced they will start their BF deals on Thanksgiving!

If you've ever tried to shop on a full stomach you know, it's not a good idea. You either A.) fall asleep, or B.) get depressed because nothing you try on fits. You also repeatedly catch glimpses of your newly found "carb face" in store mirrors under the always flattering, florescent lights.

My advice: plan your Turkey Day menu now, not a blueprint to rival Chevy Chases outdoor Christmas display. This is our big chance as Americans to eat all the delicious dishes we forbid ourselves from for the rest of the year.

My current menu includes:
-    A traditional turkey
-    Homemade turkey gravy (yes, with giblets)
-    Stuffing made from stale bread (I call it stuffing, but no I don't stuff it in my turkey I've heard the risk for food poisoning too)
-    Broccoli casserole
-    Mashed potatoes with oven roasted garlic
-    Homemade cranberries
-    Pecan Pie allegedly (I'm not a baker. I still bare the scar from last year's attempt)

Perhaps I'm overdoing it.

Now that I've shared my overly ambitious dinner menu, I want to see yours! What's your favorite Thanksgiving dish to make? Don't even try to slip in any Christmas cookie recipes before November 29th!

-- Deeda

 
 
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