How is it already Thanksgiving time? I was just discussing with a friend how it always seems like “Oh, it’s two weeks away, I don’t need to worry about that yet!” and suddenly it’s HERE. Whoops.
But no need to fret: one of the reasons I adore Thanksgiving is that it’s really the simplest holiday to manage. Not like Halloween, with costumes and candy and trying to plan treats that won’t make one feel bad afterward; or all of the hoopla surrounding Christmas (and which, I might add, has been going on since darned near August!). Turkey Day is the best because it’s just three parts: Buy food. Cook it. Eat it.
Depending on your family, there may also be football (we are sports-averse, so this is not us), or a trip to the movies (sadly, the tot is not quite old enough for this yet), but the heart of this holiday is the meal. It’s a food blogger’s dream come true.
Every year, I try to make the meal just a little bit different. Sure, there’s always turkey, and there’s gotta be dressing (NOT stuffing and yes, there is a BIG difference), but the sides and desserts are where I like to have my fun. This year, I’m thinking:
- Bacon-Wrapped Turkey
- Honey & Pepper Roasted Carrots
- Paleo “Cornbread” Dressing
- Butter Braised Radishes
- Sauteed Collard Greens
- Homemade Cranberry Sauce (I have yet to settle on a favorite version of this — though I think ginger, or orange — or even ginger-orange?)
- Panna Cotta (like this Plum Rhubarb Panna Cotta — but perhaps with persimmon or pomegranate instead?)
It’s simple, totally Paleo, and easy as the proverbial pie. I’m so looking forward to a relaxing day of cooking up some goodies for the family.
What are you thinking of making for this foodiest of holidays? Drop a line in the comments if you’re so inclined.