We love to celebrate Thanksgiving in North America. We travel for hours by train, bus, car, and plane to spend the day with relatives and old friends. We jam the phone lines and cell towers with calls and texts to people we won’t get to see face-to-face that day.
For some, Thanksgiving is a time to eat out and avoid the challenge of roasting the bird. For others, it’s the highlight of cooking for the year – who can forget Uncle Ernie’s smoked meats (plus a turkey) feast for twenty-six relatives and twelve of the vets from the VFW? It was an honor to chat with the retired men and women that gave so much to keep us free, but were far away from family that day. That was an event to keep in the memory book forever.
This year, Sheila busted her knee while working in the garden, and she’s not ready to stand long enough to get the cooking done for a big meal like this. Could I help? Sure, and I always do the prep work and some of the side dishes. BUT, she’s feeling housebound and we’re going to a friend’s house for the day. We’ll take some pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, along with sweet potato pie as our contribution. Good food, great friendships that go way back…what more could we ask?
Despite some difficulties with getting the (hurricane related) roof replaced and painting done earlier this year, plus Sheila’s tough injury, we still have lots to say thanks for:
Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!
*Photos and recipes by Patti Phillips
What could be better than family and friends gathering together around a table heaped high with scrumptious, mouth-watering food? I can’t think of much. We’ve been more than fortunate over the years. We’ve been blessed.
We’ve got a roof over our heads, heat in the house, and always great chow, but we are well aware that not everyone is as fortunate. We came up with a list of what to do to make this Thanksgiving more comfortable for those living in challenging situations in our town.
Hug the family, be thankful for the blessings you enjoy, and have a great Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. There. I’ve said it. 🙂
All that fun food brought by people showing off their best recipes? The outrageously delicious pies? How could it not be a foodie adventure?
But, wait, you say… remember Lola’s food puzzle dish? Unrecognizable in any food group that we could figure out? That’s why it’s an adventure. You never know what will turn up.
Last year, we were invited to dinner at a college pal’s house. (Translation – we go waaay back) Everybody brought a side dish and the butternut squash was one of the standouts. I happen to love butternut squash, but at home we usually have it whipped and buttered. Mary’s version is so much more interesting. She added chestnuts and rutabaga and now it’s the only way we serve it.
Mary told us the secret ingredients (she cooks creatively and doesn’t always make a dish the same way twice) and Sheila and I went to work on crafting a recipe that could be shared. Well…Sheila cooked and I tasted, to make sure the balance of flavors worked. I did do some wicked peeling, chopping, and scooping though. 😉
4-5 cups cooked Butternut Squash (4 pound squash yields 5-6 cups)
1 teaspoon olive oil, extra virgin, cold-pressed
1 teaspoon Sea Salt + 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
2 Tablespoons water for baking squash
2 cups cooked Rutabaga, rough mashed or pureed (1 medium rutabaga)
3 Tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon Nutmeg
2 Tablespoons heavy cream
1 dozen Chestnuts, cooked and peeled, for garnish (Gefen sells a package of recipe-ready chestnuts – already peeled and cooked)
Pepper (to taste)
Start the prep of the squash first, then after it is in the oven, start the rutabaga prep.
Add rutabaga to squash in the mixer bowl and whip on high for 3-4 minutes or until mashed potato consistency, adding salt if needed and pepper to taste.
If you are making this ahead of time, place the finished mixture into a large bowl suitable for reheating.
Garnish with chestnuts and serve.
Prep time: 40 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour 30 minutes
*Many thanks to Mary Gerrard for the delicious addition to the Thanksgiving table. 🙂
*Photo by Patti Phillips