I am cooking my very first Thanksgiving dinner for Husby's side of the family this year. Husby works on Thanksgiving (sad face!), so we are having everyone over the night before to celebrate and give thanks. I couldn't let the year pass without celebrating this day of thanks with both sides of the family, and I couldn't let Husby not get a Thanksgiving dinner! That's just so un-American!
I feel like this feat is going to initiate me into being a true woman. I'll soon be graduating to married lady and mommy, to professional Thanksgiving dinner host and chef. Guys. This is huge in my book. What a great thing to add to my little tricks-of-the-trade book. Hosted and prepared Thanksgiving dinner? Check! (Well .... almost.)
I am making my list (and checking it twice), and I am trying to figure out how this one oven thing is going to work. Those of y'all with two ovens - YOU ARE BLESSED. And on Thanksgiving Day, if your family goes around the table and says what they are thankful for, you better say, "Today I am thankful for my two ovens and that is all, goodnight." I know I would. One day, I hope to have like 5. Ha! I've cooked several dishes FOR Thanksgiving, but I've never been the one to cook it all. You guys better add me to your prayer list. Better yet, just go ahead and get a prayer chain started for me. Call everyone you know.
Of course, people will bring things and that will be a huge help, but I am responsible for the majority of it. I am half freaked out and half excited. I'm freak-cited. And if I burn it all and turn the rest to mush, we can always make a trip to the dump and high-tail it to Cracker Barrel. Mmm ... Cracker Barrel. I wonder if they cater?
Husby's family: YOU DID NOT SEE THAT.
So. I need you to weigh in and help a sister out. I want my first Thanksgiving dinner to be a yummy hit with everyone, and with my pregnancy brain, I'm sure to leave something out. Like the turkey. I'll probably forget the turkey.
Clean and brown and baste and whaaaa?
What is the one Thanksgiving dish that you simply can't live without? If you even want to throw a few tried and true recipes my way, get with it sista!