What's on your plate for Thanksgiving?
I am roasting the usual turkey. I adore the smell of it. It brings me great happiness. I may have told this little story before. When I was a little girl, my mother used to take me out preaching and selling religious magazines on the weekends and on holidays. I spent a lot of my childhood in conservative dresses, walking up and down city streets with a Bible in my hand and a few nickles in my pocket that people gave me for my magazines. Of course, I used the nickels to buy more magazines to sell, but that was beside the point. We had lives to save.
I remember how on Thanksgiving morning we would be out bright and early in the crisp fall air, walking from house to house knocking on doors trying to find those receptive to The Truth. The entire block would smell like pies and casseroles and sweet potatoes and rolls. And whenever we knocked, children or their mothers would race to the door, flinging it open, smiling widely, expecting to see their relatives arriving. Their smiles would fade to a perplexed look as I introduced myself and, in my little 6, 7, 8, or 9-year old voice, offered to read them a Bible verse and asked if they wouldn't like to buy a magazine for a nickel. Every time, the warm smell of roasting turkey would waft out the door as I spoke, making my stomach growl and leading me to ask my mother for roast turkey after the doors were shut or slammed with a "we're not interested." My mother always said no, because "that would be celebrating." I always spent Thanksgiving afternoon and evening alone in my room, wishing our house smelled like roasting turkey.
And now it does. It gives me a real rush when the first scent of browning turkey skin escapes the oven. I get almost giddy that MY HOUSE smells like that. I swear, the smell makes me happier than all the food at the dinner table! It just feels like a dream come true, every single year.
I always make the same things for Thanksgiving dinner: creamy mashed potatoes, stuffing, candied yams, green bean casserole, corn, pies, apple salad, dinner rolls. You can find all my usual recipes in this post from 2007: Thanksgiving Recipes. This year, I am adding a mixed green salad with sliced almonds, dried cranberries and feta cheese. As you can guess, I won't be eating the carbier stuff. But you can have a nice, low carb Thanksgiving dinner by sticking with turkey, mashed cauliflower, salad, and green bean casserole (which is not strictly low carb but is reasonable in small portions.)
I hope each of you has a happy Thanksgiving. May we all try to remember all the reasons we have to be thankful.
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