I got beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes, Lamb, rams, hogs, dogs, Beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes, Chicken, turkeys, rabbit (You name it)!
We need to keep it at a distance, right? Does that mean give up my annual turkey or scale it down. So much time has passed and we can’t be with loved ones. I know a lot of us don’t want to zoom across the family table. Some of us celebrated differently, not in the traditional sense.
Every year I normally host a large dinner where I prepare a large turkey, ham, and all the trimmings including various pies all made by scratch. The last two Thanksgivings we visited family who hosted. Those two times we visited I still prepared a small feast for my family. I did this because the next day there was a nostalgic attachment to years before where I woke up and my mother heated up the leftovers and made a day after breakfast for us.
This may sounds silly but every year as a child we would go to our families home and be given food to take home. Normally, my Aunt Susie would prepare the feast with her amazingly delicious sausage stuffing.
Mom always tried to do her best, but we barely had food by the end of the month waiting for the first of the month like many children in my neighborhood. Maybe a jar of peanut butter, or a brick of government cheese but we could not have a feast towards the end of the month. My mom was an amazing woman and my father the same. It was not until I was about 15 that my mother started making her own celebration.
She would incorporate many dishes that were unique to the holiday. I would help her. I was entrusted on making the pie. Preparing the kasha varnishkes. I would also make the cranberry sauce. She would insist that it be 1 part can and 1 part fresh cut with orange juice and boiled. I can not deny that it was delicious. She would take all the bread and make a yummy stuffing with celery and turkey drippings, and Chicken Liver Pâté.
It was not champagne and caviar but her own feast and it was an amazing feeling from the heart. I loved going to my Aunts and having my mom’s celebration. I promised myself when I was older and had a family I would do the same and incorporate all my mom’s dishes and my Aunts and make it a memory for my children.
Sometimes I would prepare so many dishes and my soul would just feel complete.
This year we don’t have the families coming over at all I am not closing my doors but I cannot open my home as I have had multiple COVID test, thank fully negative and I am still struggling with my breathing and lung pain from April. I just cannot put us at an additional risk. However, I will make a small “You name it” feast.
I hope that my family can connect soon in total but for now little moments and virtual is on the menu.
What ever you decide to do just remember to give love to those in your life that are lonely or just need a little bit of your light. I will do my best on this new journey of Fannytasticlife!