Thanksgiving Dinner: Meals & Memories

Thanksgiving dinner is our favorite meal. Not only is it a day of fabulous eating, family and football, but it's also when our diets get a hall pass. With the food it's the scent we recall.

Mary Dell, of Grown and Flown, writes: Thanksgiving dinner is our favorite meal, hands down. Not only is it a day of fabulous eating, family and football, but it is also the day when we give our diets a hall pass, stuffing ourselves in a way we would never dream of the other 364 days of the year.  But more than the food we savor, it is the scent of the feast that we love and that endures.

The sense of smell more than sight, hearing or even taste, is where we store our most cherished and vintage memories. Once you raise that first fork full of stuffing, you begin breathing in a memory of your childhood home. As you sit at the table with your friends and your kids, your parents, aunts, cousins…..everyone starts their own homeward journey remembering Thanksgivings when they were very, very young.

Lisa and I are getting ready for the holiday at our two homes and have asked our friends about their traditions.  While hewing to the classics, they shared a few favorites, both traditional and idiosyncratic, but all treasured like the family heirlooms they indeed are.


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Dios Thunders November 22, 2012 at 02:21 AM
STUFFING! always STUFFINGand mashed potatoes and rivers ofgravy are the most loved and the first leftovers to go and our are vegan Stuffing with onions celery an apple chestnuts one small clove of garlic tons of parsely fresh herbs tyme rosemary sage..all kinds of whole grain and whatevers around bread slowly dried toasted cubed very slowly never boiled roasted veg and herb stuff made broth then simmered to moisten...use some to make gravy for stuffing and other dishes and mounds of fluffy mashed potatoes baked sweet potatoes, none of that candied crap or marshmellows! GREENS veggies whatever looks good but over the years vegan or not the stuffings the star! I make extra for leftovers that are first to go and extra I freeze for when ever and gravy from heaven roast veggies greens mountians of mashed potatoes no body notices its vegan anyway the sides always are loved the most and gobbled!


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