While Babycakes is nursing, I usually read things on the Internet. Since I'm not a big fan of nonfiction (life is depressing enough) I usually read fiction, or recipe blogs.
My parents did a family Thanksgiving for many years, featuring turkey, smoked corned beef, smoked salmon, and grilled tofu; pig-sausage-containing and vegetarian baked dressing; candied sweet potatoes with and without marshmallows; five kinds of pie; mom's famous rye sourdough; shredded cranberry/apple salad; and freshly prepared horseradish. And, in later years, green beans and salad in response to Dr. S's plaintive "This is all delicious, but is there something green to eat?" Also a couple special things for our friend with Celiac Disease who always comes. Bless their hearts for accommodating all of us difficult weirdos.
BUT! I'm tired of baked turkey. Time for a revolution!
Readers, I have now decided that what I truly want for Thanksgiving is turkey sausage (possibly sausage gravy and biscuits). Heresy, I know!
I'm also thinking of brussels sprouts baked until crispy (or, if I have a stove again by then,* sauteed with mustard and wine until crispy), a reprise of the chestnut/cornbread dressing,** and pumpkin custard. Pie crust is too much work and I don't like it anyways. Maybe an encore performance of Chocolate Pie For My Sister's Wedding. Possibly something with cranberries but not cranberry sauce because I'm tired of it.
Any suggestions for things that taste of Thanksgiving but aren't a million hours of work, or boring?
*Stovetop bit the dust three weeks ago. ETA: two more weeks. You can cook a surprisingly large array of things in the oven. Reminds me of the year I spent in France where I had only a skillet. Skillet cookies!
** Which I made last year and it was SOOOO GOOOOD. My uncle has a chestnut tree and he brings me chestnuts every year. I KNOW. Having decent family support is amazing. My dad is coming down next week to watch the kids while I go get my ears fixed, too.