All the coordinating, planning, shopping, prepping and cooking came to fruition for us yesterday afternoon around 1pm. There were eighteen diners at our holiday table. By afternoon’s end, a food coma had set in and everyone was sitting around talking and joking, watching football, and on catching up on the phone with family across the miles. I suspect it was something close to that in most people’s homes.
I love Thanksgiving. You don’t have to buy gifts or decorate the whole house. It’s just about sharing a great meal with people you care about and giving thanks for our many blessings. Simple. Poetic. Very tasty. This year, to ease the burden, we divvied up the meal and everyone took part in making something. No prepared, store-bought anything — except the wine. The family brought their A-game! With that in mind, here is a sampling from our own holiday table! And a few thoughts on what I plan to do with my leftovers.
For the turkey — I just have to have a turkey sandwich. I’m a purist here – good sourdough bread, a slathering of mayonnaise, heavy, ripe tomatoes (it’s tomato season here in Florida), crunchy iceberg lettuce, (I don’t use iceberg for much, but it’s essential here), 2 crispy strips of bacon, sliced avocado, salt and pepper. A few kettle cooked chips and crunchy dill pickle slice — Nirvana. I think I appreciate the simplicity of a 5-minute meal after all the efforts of the previous one.
For the ham and ham bone – soup. Along with vegetables and barley, the soup will make a satisfying lunch or dinner and be a perfect pairing with Paula and Nic’s cheddar-herb biscuits (also leftover).
Stuffing? – well, normally I would have put a scoop of stuffing on my sandwich – but last night around 8:00 it was greedily devoured while we were watching Christmas Vacation (a tradition for us and holiday favorite).
I hope that your Thanksgiving was filled with good food and smiles. Ours was!