Thanksgiving. (The US version, for any Canadian friends who are reading this.)
My absolute, number one, most favorite meal of the year. (Okay, maybe it comes in second to any meal with my wife.) But I love cooking and eating my Thanksgiving feast.
And while I have a calorie budget and log everything I eat, this is one meal where I really don't care. Oh, I don't eat to the point where I am physically ill (like I used to) but I also do not avoid really good food. I log it all, and then move on.
What do I mean by good food?
Turkey. Stuffing/dressing. Mashed spuds. Sweet potatoes, but only dressed with some butter, no ridiculous marshmallows in mine, thank you very much. (Yes, I serve both tubers in one meal.) Gravy. Cranberry relish (probably the healthiest part of my meal.) Crusty bread with butter. More gravy. Maybe a vegetable, but something simple like steamed green beans.
And pies. Always the pumpkin pie, but lately I've added a fantastic bourbon pecan pie. And the crusts are made from scratch, using lard as the fat. The pies are served with real whipped cream or a high quality vanilla ice cream. Or both.
For beverages, I have sweet and hard ciders available, both of which go well with the meals. And coffee, hot, black and rich. I make my coffee in a stainless steel percolator (vintage early 1960s), and believe it or not, that is some of the best coffee you will taste.
But I have a dilemma. Do I roasted my turkey in the oven, like I did last year (delicious and juicy) or do I buy a smoked turkey and reheat it?
Roasting is traditional and delicious, but takes hours. The smoked turkey is equally tasty, and only needs to be warmed through.
What would YOU choose? Let me know in the comment section below.