Thanksgiving Without TurkeyPosted: November 23, 2011
This is going to start out sounding like a complaint. It isn’t. It is a factual statement. Thanksgiving dinner will be at my folks’ house. My mother does not cook turkey.
There is no question that my mom could cook turkey if she chose to. The truth is, she can cook nearly anything. If she were on one of those cooking shows that requires chefs to create a dish out of whatever ingredients are sprung upon them, my mother would win. She would win, assuming they did not give her a turkey.
I Think She’d Pass
If my mom was given a turkey as one of her cooking show ingredients I think she would withdraw from the competition. My mother does not cook turkey and I’m glad.
Now I’m sure somewhere in the archives is a record of the time my mother cooked a turkey. I don’t remember that time. Typically, the menu at my parents’ house for this or any other holiday is anything other than what people might expect. We’ve had ham, chicken, pasta…if it isn’t turkey, I probably remember having it.
Turkey is on the list of foods I like. It makes a great sandwich. I like that it is an excuse to eat cranberry sauce. But I like not knowing what Thanksgiving dinner will be from year to year more than I like turkey.
Most people have the same Thanksgiving dinner, year after year. I think that’d be kind of dull. It is exciting not knowing what is coming until about a week before the holiday. Where a lot of people call their families and automatically offer to bring dressing or a green bean casserole, I call and ask what we’re having. I make my offer based on what I hear.
I Know What I Like
Sometimes the best holiday traditions involve being non traditional. Being with friends and family becomes the focal point instead of some bird.
This year’s selection is lasagna. I’m bringing cannoli. I may wear a Hawaiian shirt or a baseball jersey. This year I am thankful for ricotta cheese and my mother, not necessarily in that order.
Happy Thanksgiving. Make up a pot of minestrone, throw on some shorts and come on over.