Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Feast Your Eyes On This!
Thanksgiving has always been one of my most favorite holidays, despite my abysmal cooking skills. Unless food can go into a crock pot or one pot, I consider it "gourmet."
My mother, on the other hand, was a fantastic cook. Unfortunately her children--especially the middle child (moi) cannot claim the same Martha Stewart-like skills. I do remember watching my mother cook around the holidays, though. I only wished I had picked up a few more tips in the domestic department. And she'd always break out the china for special occasions. Her china was so beautiful and delicate. My grandmother brought it over when she emigrated here from Sweden in the early 1900's. How a box of Limoges china made it here on a bumpy boat ride in one piece is a miracle in itself. (Side note: I wrote a short story about these dishes years ago because their journey has always intrigued me.) But I remember Mom saying, "What good are they if we never use them?" Vintage Mom.
I also remember the mouth-watering aromas that floated from Mom's kitchen and every year everyone in my family always declared it to be "the best dinner ever." And yet every year it was always the same thing--all the comfort foods that we loved--turkey, mashed potatoes to die for, green-bean casserole, cranberry sauce, and the best hot buttery rolls I've ever tasted in my entire life. For desert sometimes we would have homemade oatmeal cookies or pumpkin pie. Nothing too fancy and yet it was always delicious.
Following dinner, we'd always watch the same movie: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE with Jimmy Stewart.
Don't get me wrong, my crazy house was more CHRISTMAS VACATION than A VERY BRADY BUNCH THANKSGIVING SPECIAL but around the holidays, you always tend to remember the good and forget the not so good. But we sure did laugh a lot.
To those in the States, Happy Thanksgiving! And even if you're not, the more the merrier. Bon appetit!