So I'm out here in Oregon with my in-laws. This is my first family Thanksgiving in quite some time. When I first moved out of Colorado 15 years ago, I called my mother to ask her about when I should come home for Thanksgiving. "Why would you come home for Thanksgiving?" she asked. "Won't you be home for Christmas?"
Now, this hurt me so terribly that I vowed I would never, ever go home for Thanksgiving ever again. What's funny about this is that it has turned out awesome for everyone. I am pretty sure my family has barely missed me and I've had a blast celebrating Thanksgiving all over the world (flights to Europe are super cheap during Thanksgiving!) and in the homes of new friends and old friends.
One of my best friends and I developed some great Thanksgiving traditions and we've marked the holiday in NYC, D.C. and Ohio. I've done the weird expat Thanksgiving thing in Prague, Paris and London. I've joined some of the strangest gatherings in New York that you can imagine. And in recent years I've had a blast at the home of my first editor just outside of Washington, D.C. He invites all of his family and friends and the tenants who rent homes from his family's real estate business. It's a veritable United Nations of fun.
My mom is right about ... everything. I hate it.
Anyway, I get to cook this year (and I do mean "get to" -- I love to cook) and have my own standard fare I like to make -- butternut squash soup, fresh cranberry relish, roasted vegetables, spinach gratin. But my sister-in-law and I are shopping for everything Monday and Tuesday and I'd love to hear of any awesome recipes you have that you're willing to share.
Including turkey tips. Thanks in advance!
Turkey image via Shutterstock.