You know what they say … the more things change the more they stay the same. True? Perhaps there is truth to that; at least in the Farmer household.
The menu will still be diverse. She (being Frannie) will work hard, cooking for the brood. They have expectations, promises have been made all year; it's up to me to keep them, regardless of the challenges ...
The men will still retire … to the den, to watch football and maybe have a beer or two, if they have room. The kids will still nap on any available surface … preferably a cozy chair or sofa.
And the women… yes, we will still gather – comparing our successes and failures; regarding this Thanksgiving and so much more. We will attempt to comfort and reassure one another, as out challenges this year have been many.
On our menu, there will be many similarities; it will be beautiful, but simple - not so much. It will be elegant ... I wouldn't have it any other way.
The island in the kitchen will be filled with an array of hors d'oeuvres and starters;
Vegetables, pickles and olives of every color and size
Baked Brie stuffed with mushrooms and goat cheese
Stilton and Hazelnut spread with garlic toasted rounds
Nuts, crackers, fruit, assorted chips for the kids (ok, for the men…)
and of course the always necessary Hidden Valley Ranch Dip.
We’ll start the meal with
Calvados-Laced Squash Soup with Cinnamon and Bay Leaves
Wilted Spinach Salad with Dried Cranberries, Pecans and Feta Cheese
Our main course will consist of
Roast Turkey with Herb Butter and Caramelized-Onion Gravy
Wild rice, Apple, and Dried-Cranberry Stuffing
Cornbread Stuffing – because you have to have two types of stuffing in our house …
Slightly Lumpy Mashed Potaotes
Maple-Glazed Baby Carrots
Green Beans with Lemon & Pine Nuts
Cranberry Apple Relish
Honeyed Chestnut Corn Bread
For dessert, we will feast on pies o’plenty …
Dutch Apple Pie, Maple Pumpkin Pie, Sour Cherry Pie
Of course we’ll have other goodies:
Maple Crème Flan with Maple-Glazed Pears
Cranberry Bread Pudding
A little chocolate to round out the day "Death by Chocolate" Truffle Tart W/Espresso Sauce ...
and then maybe (hours later?) a good coffee .. a nice tea or a lovely dessert wine.
Yes, we do things big at the Farmer house - really I wouldn't have it any other way.
Blessings my friends,
With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the LORD : "He is good; his love to Israel endures forever." And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid.