This year, Thanksgiving is going to be entirely new and different for my family.
I think it is fun to see how family traditions change over time – how they evolve and grow from year to year. I remember my grandparents carting 90% of our holiday feast over to our house – unloading casserole dishes, pie plates, and roasted turkeys from their car. Slowly, as both my grandparents and I got older, we started taking over more and more of the meal components, but essentially the meal remained unchanged. Even that one year where my father and I couldn’t quite figure out my grandmother’s stuffing recipe at 4am and ended up putting 500% more salt than needed in!
When my husband and I moved to West Virginia, we had three years of “Friendsgiving”, where we celebrated in entirely different and new ways with the friends who became our family out there. It was fun to combine the family traditions of 4 different families into one delicious meal. Now that we are home in Iowa, we have been having Thanksgiving at our house and splitting the meal between my parents and I. But this year, we are changing it up. You see, this year – no one is cooking. Because I am due to give birth literally a week and a half after Thanksgiving with my 3rd baby, I really don’t want to be cooking. Or washing dishes. Or sitting on the couch with my feet up watching everyone else scurry around my kitchen making messes, asking where the whisk is, and attempting to hide the fact that my children have eaten more cheese and crackers in the last 30 minutes than they do regular food in an entire day.
SO this year we are ordering our meal from a catering company! Seriously. Everything from the rolls to the pies will be made by someone else and we will only need to reheat things. It’s kind of scary for this food blogger to be letting go control of such a food-centric family holiday meal, but I know that I won’t regret it. I also bought these giant oval paper plates to use. LOL I’m totally serious about doing as little as possible this year!
However, if you are planning on cooking the meal (whether entirely by yourself or just providing a dish or two), then below are the recipes that you totally need to make your holiday meal a pants-loosening success!
Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Cranberries and Barley from The Gingered Whisk
Fresh Cranberry Sauce from Self Proclaimed Foodie
Caramelized Onion & Cornbread Dressing from Bread Booze Bacon
Homemade Mashed Potatoes from Around My Family Table
How to Roast a Turkey from Kleinworth & Co.
Pumpkin Cheesecake with Praline Topping from The Gingered Whisk