Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It’s my gastronomic Superbowl. Completely secular, it is a holiday all about good food, in Pantagruel-esque quantities, with good drink and good friends.
Though it falls on a Thursday, Thanksgiving weekend really begins on Wednesday, which is when every weekend should start!
For years now I have been happily hosting dinner for 8+ in tiny apartments all over. There is nothing I love more that warmly welcoming stretchy-panted, hungry friends and feeding them till they pass out in tryptophan comas on the floor.
Over the years, I’ve developed a Thanksgiving game-plan that has served me well. A week before, I start doing a general clean-up and throw-out of things that have been lying around for the past year. Like spring-cleaning, but in the fall. The menu gets put together, the fridge gets emptied of furry pickles, food orders and deliveries get coordinated. The days get closer, the menu gets formalized, and the anxiously anticipated prep work begins…
Thanksgiving Menu, New York City 2010
Roasted Turkey with Rosemary Gravy
Fresh Sage and Onion Stuffing
Cranberry Sauce with Grand Marnier and Candied Orange Peel
Mashed Potatoes with Aged White Cheddar Cheese and Sage
Three-Cheese Mac & Cheese
Kale Caesar Salad
Green Beans with Caramelized Shallots
Maple Syrup Sweet Potatoes topped with Tiny Marshmallows
Pumpkin Cheesecake with Brown-Butter Pears and Gingersnap Crust