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Thanksgiving is such a fun excuse to go all-out! My family loves kicking back any time of the year, especially on a national holiday where it’s expected to sit around for at least 6 hours (2 football games) and eat, chat, drink and eat more! I don’t really follow the Cowboys or Lions, but I always watch those games on Thanksgiving. Similarly, I don’t really cook turkeys but this time every year I give it my best shot. It’s all about feasting and it’s just not the same without the big turkey.
In recent years we’ve been having more diverse group of friends coming in to join our feast. It’s been really fun to keep our Thanksgiving dinners traditional yet incorporate Mexican or Asian food. We had one guest who was on a raw diet, basically all he ate was salad, but it was about 5 pounds of it (he kept saying how amazing the salad tasted, too!). We did try one year where we made everything except the traditional thanksgiving items. It was a feast indeed, but didn’t feel like Thanksgiving and I didn’t like that. Another year everything went kaput as far as our plans, and one of our friends went and got a Honey Baked Ham. Those are really pricey but it sure tasted good!
It’s fun to strut your stuff a little bit and show your friends that you can cook better than maybe they expected. I know that I sometimes am extremely impressed with some of the guys in the group and their dishes… I never knew they had it in them. Desserts are always hilarious at Thanksgiving because by that time everyone knows that they’ve already had enough food, but the pies, cobblers, etc. are just too good to pass up so everyone goes for the last round.
Above are some great recipes that I have found to be helpful in giving me new inspiration or at least improving dishes that I’ve already tried (and in some cases failed at). I hope you enjoy these, let me know what you think! Also, let me know if you have any fun traditions in your family around feasting at Thanksgiving time.
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