Growing up, the only part of Thanksgiving I participated in was peeling the green beans for my mom. Okay, it actually involved me peeling about ten beans, then getting bored and going outside to play while my mom finished the task. Cooking has changed for me over the past five years as my skills have developed and now I find myself assigning my mom the grunt work of peeling.
My family has always stuck to tradition; turkey, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, green beans, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and cornbread. I feel torn between sticking to our traditional menu and wanting to try new recipes. A suggestion of a quinoa, kale and walnut stuffed in a pumpkin was shot down. They did not want to try a salted caramel pecan pie. The family finally agreed to let me put rainbow carrots on the table this year instead of their orange counterparts.
Yes, Thanksgiving is just one meal out the year, but it is still a special meal, and with it comes with the old formalities that are lost in every day meals. Fine china, the dining room table, the presence of company.
Do you stick with tradition and cook the same recipes year after year? Or do you try to put a spin on the classics? What about venturing beyond the menu and adding something new?
-By Alexa Lampasona for the Food & More Blog