The dessert sensation for this year seems to be sweet potato pie. My mother made a wonderful sweet potato pie, and of course I do NOT have the recipe. I’ve looked through all the recipes and notes she left...no pie. So I guess if I want one I’ll have to use someone else’s recipe. According to Google I have dozens of choices and the pies vary somewhat. I can make a plain pie or one covered in meringue. I can add bourbon or no bourbon, one made with milk or half and half, with sugar or Splenda, butter or no butter. Those are some serious decisions for someone who doesn’t cook much. I think I’m going to play it safe and make the one I saw demonstrated on our local television station, sans the bourbon.
It’s amazing how traditional we are about holiday food choices. I know exactly what to expect on our local store shelves and I imagine other regions are just as predictable, reflecting the culture and traditions of the area. Each family tends to have one “must have” food item that mom and grandma and great-grandma have perfected and served over the years. I suppose if I were to stick with our family tradition I would make sure I recreated Gran’s stuffing. However, since I’m cooking pork loin, not turkey, that probably won’t happen.
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it’s just about visiting and eating. No gifts, no guilt. Just the usual family problems and then everyone either collapses into a glucose stupor or heads out to shop. I’m definitely not a shopper. I like to watch an old movie…usually “It’s a Wonderful Life”. Jimmy Stewart and a nap round out my holiday excitement!
I’m thankful that I have food when many do not, that I have warmth when others are cold, and that I can celebrate this holiday in any way that I choose. I plan to share some of those blessings with others next week. I hope you will too.