I love the holidays; I love this time of the year, the chill in the air and the buzz of excitement everywhere. Sure it’s also crazy and hectic and filled with family obligations but even as I have gotten older the smell of cookies baking and the sight of everything being covered in little twinkly lights still makes me smile. So when it feels like this time of year is coming up fast and speeding away just as quickly I start to panic a little bit because I don’t want to miss it. I don’t want to spend all my time working and running around trying to remember everyone I am supposed to buy gifts for, I want to have a moment to be able to sit back and enjoy the season. And for me, surprise, surprise, that involves food.
Thanksgiving is basically the kick off for the holiday season and it’s sad that more and more it seems to get lost in the shuffle with Christmas music going full blast since the end of September and the black Friday frenzy taking over the world. We really shouldn’t let the holiday that is all about food, and that whole being thankful thing of course, fall by the wayside. My family may not big on the cooking but they still always pull out the stops for the holidays, my dad even steps into the kitchen to whip up his grandmothers stuffing. While he tackles that and the turkey that leaves pretty much everything else to me. Every family has their take on the traditional or not so traditional sides. For me I like to stick with the classics because you really can’t go wrong with perfect velvety mashed potatoes and a crunchy creamy green bean casserole.
You may notice that there are no wine pairings in this post. That’s because for my family wine is an important part of the thanksgiving meal and therefore the wines will be getting their very own post later this week. Check back in for that, Thanksgiving appetizers, a Thanksgiving leftovers sandwich that Ross would lose his mind over, and a cocktail that even grandma asked for seconds of. The holidays are here people; don’t forget to enjoy them a little before the craziness sweeps you away.