Is it too early to talk Thanksgiving? I saw a Christmas tree up at Triangle Town Center yesterday, so I think Thanksgiving is fair game. I'm sure it will come as no surprise that someone whose life and livelihood is devoted to food gets really, really excited about this particular holiday. My whole family falls into the "lives to eat" category, so the talk starts early about who is doing what. We have a few traditional dishes, but we are also keen to mix it up. One year we fry the turkey, the next year we brine it, the year after it gets a dry rub. For certain things, we have no loyalty or tradition, and there are always a few new and untested dishes on the table. The only concept we are married to is excess. We are all so dedicated to certain favorites and no one is volunteering to back down. So my mom and I both make stuffing (mine has chorizo in it, yum), my mom must have her creamed onions even though she is the only person who touches them, and I insist on making multiple pies even though year after year, no one has any room for dessert. For a family of 6 adults and 2 small children, we have no fewer than 11 or 12 different dishes on the table (not including those forsaken pies). Over the next few weeks, I will share a few of my favorite recipes, so be sure to check back! And if you have a recipe you think I should try, or have a holiday cooking question, reach out, I would love to hear from you!
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