Christmas decorations are up. Everywhere. And it's not even Thanksgiving yet. Which is all I really care about right now.
The big day is less than a week away and I'm ready. We've planned our menu and are including a few of our traditions—we can't imagine a Thanksgiving dinner without mashed potatoes—as well as several new dishes we're going to add in the mix this year.
In our attempt to keep this day moderately healthy, we decided to replace the dreaded belly-filling stuffing with a wild rice stuffing that will have the traditional mirepoix (carrots, celery and onion) along with roasted mushrooms and chestnuts.
We also agreed to drop kick the crust-laden pumpkin pie for a light and tasty pumpkin pie pudding recipe I found in a recent issue of Cooking Light magazine.
And we're preparing a raw cranberry relish as opposed to our traditional cooked version. (If these are new dishes winners, I will certainly take copious notes and share them with you after the holiday celebration.)
As you finalize your plans for what I believe to be the very best day of the year, here's a few suggestions on what to you might want to make for your family. And if you're a lucky guest this year, perhaps one of these dishes will be a perfect complement to your host's dinner menu.
No matter what your plans for the coming celebration and no matter where or with whom you congregate, take the time to be grateful for all you have. We have each been blessed with an abundance of gifts and gifted people who love us and who we love. The joy is recognizing what and who those are and allowing them to unfold.
A healthy appetizer that is equally good warm, hot or at room temperature and can be nibbled on while everyone's waiting for the bird to come out of the oven. And because it only gets better with time, you can make this dish on Tuesday for Thursday's celebration.