It is hard to imagine a year without taking the time to be thankful for our life. On the eve of Thanksgiving Day, complete with cuts, scrapes and discolored fingertips from a day of chopping, I am full. You might be thinking how is that possible because you haven’t cooked the turkey yet?
Chopping for 3 hours has become therapeutic. A time to think, reflect on your life and the past. My morning was no exception complete with a few tears, prayers, and memories that are impossible to forget.
Thanksgiving is seriously about our traditions. A time to be together with those you love, be playful, plump from the feast while creating another years memories. As a wannabe foodie I always liked to try new things on Thanksgiving. I would try to jazz up the sweet potatoes, add new ingredients to the stuffing or switch up the potatoes or delete an all time favorite from the menu. As I aspired to be the most current cook, this year a realization appeared. Besides being inordinately thankful for the past year blessings, it is equally important to be meticulously consistent with the menu.
The smell, taste, and ingredients need to remain exactly the same as you remember them. It never was about how extravagant the meal, but rather that year after year it remained completely consist. There never was a deviation from the ingredients, or the brand or how each dish was cooked.
There was no TV Food Network with cooks and chefs. I don’t remember many recipes unless it could be found in Betty Crooker three ring binder. There might have been a grand appearance dish clipped from the food section of the local newspaper, but this was rare.
The key to creating the perfect dinner is to keep the menu and recipes exactly the same. Do not deviate in any preparation. Replicate each dish exactly the same as you remember it. Recognize the exact amounts, a pinch of salt, a handful of parsley, the silver kettle full of stock, two eggs if they are small or one if they are big and always, lots and lots of butter. So no matter what your memory of the menu, keep it faithfully the same.
While our menus might be different the one thing that must be positively equitable, is replicating your family traditions. Represent the traditions you remember from your childhood, complete with the comfort of being with those who you love the most in life.