Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thanksgiving Traditions

We don't have any. Other than a couple dozen, or more, people at my mom's house, and particular dishes, that is. A friend of the family's brought her yams with pecans and mandarin oranges for years, and the last two years she has brought them to the house and left for another Thanksgiving dinner. She even brings the yams in the same dish every year. Another friend, when she's not in LA with her daughter and he son-in-law's family, always brings Brussels sprouts in some form.

A volunteer at the food bank told me that in her family, everyone writes what they are thankful for on slips of paper which are then baked into crescent rolls. When the rolls come to the table, each person takes one and reads the slip, and then everyone guesses who wrote which one.

I really like this idea but I don't think I could institute it at Mom's. Our Thanksgivings now require two or three tables, and hardly anyone eats rolls. With three kinds of stuffing, we don't exactly need them.

1 comment:

Saipan Writer said...

My Thanksgiving tradition includes bringing the traditional "American" food to our tropical island family gathering. So I bring the turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy. Also lots of different kinds of olives. And typically some pie (pumpkin this year; apple, sweet potato, and butternut squash pies in the past).

That may seem like the entire meal, but it's not. This year, for example, we had a roast pig (my brothers-in-law did the roasting of one of their pigs); rice, potato salad, fried chicken, meatballs, kimchee noodles, sashimi, and I forget what else. A neighbor even brought tacos. And we had pumpkin cheesecake, too.

(In years past, we've had much more seafood, with trays full of steamed crabs and lobsters, shrimp kelaguen, and grilled reef fish. This year was light on the marine side.)

There are never enough vegetables. (although we usually have eggplant).