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My mother and I always prepare our traditional Thanksgiving recipes in anticipation of the family members flying, driving or riding in for the Thanksgiving holiday. We never know exactly what to expect or what will happen when everyone is together, but we know what we will eat.
Preparing for Thanksgiving
The week before Thanksgiving, I go to the grocery store with my list. The holidays are probably the only time of the year that I really enjoy grocery shopping. Not because of the food I am buying, but because I know that food will be prepared for the holiday celebration and the people who make it all worthwhile.
|My Grandmother & Brother ~ Holidays Past|
I want to enjoy the time I get to spend with my whole family and I want to have wonderful memories to reflect on throughout the years. I also want them to enjoy the holidays in our home and to have fond, pleasant memories of time well spent.
The Main Course
When I was growing up, my grandmother and mother prepared the Thanksgiving meal. Now, my mother and I cook the dinner. Occasionally, my sister or one of my sisters-in-law will arrive in town early enough to help. That is always guaranteed to be amusing and entertaining!
It is my job to prepare and cook the turkey. I try to beat everyone else out of bed so I can shower and dress for the day. By the time I am in the kitchen to start washing the turkey, Mom and Dad are usually here to chat with me while I get started. Once the turkey is in the oven, Mom joins me and we work together for hours of cooking, laughing, cutting up and sometimes just talking. It is a fabulous day. I have always maintained that it is my favorite day of the year. Sure, we get tired, but I wouldn't change a thing.
I share my recipe and tips for How to Bake a Turkey here: Cooking for the Holidays
Now that we have the turkey out of the way, be sure to join us here again next week. We will be sharing the side dishes and desserts for the Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes Menu on Review This!
Be sure to check out additional Thanksgiving tips on Traveling Food - Holidays and Potlucks
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