Thursday, November 25, 2010
For me, Thanksgiving is not just about the food, it's remembering why we made a certain dish. Each year, Kelly, Erin and I watch the movie, "Pieces of April" with Katie Holmes. The movie centers around Katie's character wanting to do Thanksgiving for her estranged family and her mother who is dying with breast cancer. I don't want to give away the plot, but anything and everything goes wrong, but April holds on to trying to recreate the tradition she grew up with and bring her back to her family.
Well, some things do change. I'm a vegetarian and my turkey has been replaced with a Quorn "turkey breast," but the way I put the meal together is just like doing it with my Mom. I still feel that excitement making yeast rolls as I did when I was 7 when Mom let me do them all by myself. And, I still make the dressing from the very first recipe I created. Fritoes were very popular in the 50s and I convinced my mother that I could create a stuffing using them that everyone will love. They did and the rest is history. I've made my dressing the same way except I use "Gimme Lean," vegetarian sausage; both my girls make the same dressing too. Passing down traditions gives us roots.
I hope your holiday was memorable and I'd love to hear what special dishes you prepared or how you celebrated it. Warm wishes to all, love, Susan