Not so long ago, back in the days when I wasn’t feeling quite as bad as now, I got to host Thanksgiving. Everyone else would get a turn but my up and down health situation kept me from hosting my fair share. But one year I was doing quite well and I jumped at the chance to have it. Needless to say I was ecstatic. I dove into a super duper clean up and went ridiculously overboard on decorations. And then, I got to plan the menu! I always felt like I wanted something a little different so now I had my chance!
To start I skipped the cheese and crackers to serve figs with gorgonzola. I just had to begin with something different.
Of course, it’s not Thanksgiving without the standard turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and rolls. Squash and green beans too. And while I love all of that, it’s still regular food I eat all year long so I wanted to make something a bit more unexpected. When someone asked what they could bring I steered them toward a dessert or relish tray thing. LOL.
Over the years we had lost the green bean casserole, everybody was tired of it and only two of us liked squash. And while someone started bringing corn one year (which isn’t a vegetable anyway). The lack of vegetables became the whole problem.We had none!!
Well, I had always been the “almost vegetarian” in the family (I still eat only a very little meat if at all) so this was going to be fun, which of course put my family on edge for fear I might kill them with weird veggie concoctions.
So Off I Went
I know it’s bad to brag, but in my opinion it was just about the best dinner we ever had. Not much of a story here but I wanted to share with you just what it was and why it was special.
I decided three things first:
- We had to have the traditional things. Turkey, homemade gravy, mashed (not whipped) potatoes in the crock pot, rolls and stuffing.
- I made two smaller turkeys so that one could be a beautiful centerpiece as we ate the carved one (thank you Rachel Ray).
- We needed at least one dish for each person that I knew they absolutely loved. No one left out.
So Here’s What We Had
Lima Beans for Dad. I just added a little corn, lots of butter and some fresh thyme, salt and pepper.
Green Bean Casserole. for me because I missed it.
Sherry Yams for my mom…not overly sweet.
Harvard Beets for my brother, that’s his thing
Roasted Cauliflower for my other sister.
A Cabbage, Sprout and Cranberry Slaw for my brother-in-law.
Honey Ginger Carrots for my son.
Roasted Turnip, Carrot and Purple Potatoes for my other sister because she loves anything purple. LOL
And, so we all had to try something different:
- Roasted Radishes
- Baked Creamed Corn
- Peas, Bacon and Onion
OK, I decided. That would be enough vegetable awesomeness. And it was. I’m not completely insane so I didn’t make enough of each dish for every single person. One person might try four or five of the dishes but not each and every one. At best maybe a taste just to see how they were. And guess what? It worked! We had leftovers, but not a crazy amount. Everyone was satisfied and really pretty happy with the wide variety. I was so proud.
What Happened Next
It took a while but we finally got to the desserts. And with all the pumpkin and apple pie I had to throw in a giant fruit salad with berries, melon, grapes and apples and walnuts spritzed with lemon. Just because I wanted to really wear myself out.
And I’m pretty sure they liked that one, as I was up in bed by that point. LOL I had way overdone it, letting my niece take over serving dessert. But I made it back downstairs for some fruit at the very end with the biggest smile on my face.
So that’s my story.So there it was my best Thanksgiving of all. Thankful I was here for it and thankful for everyone with me.
I hope you have a wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving.
PS While some dishes are straightforward a few have recipes you can find here…Kate’s Thanksgiving Recipes