It's time to get out the Thanksgiving Binder, a serious compilation of gravy-spattered recipes from my first years hosting Thanksgiving in the parsonage. I make it sound like it was eons ago when this is actually only my 4th time playing Pearl Mesta of the South Shore.
I'm thrilled to know that I'll have a full house of out-of-towners, who can keep each other entertained while I go into that Zen state of massive cooking and baking. And no, I don't need any help in the kitchen, thank you. You can help with the cleaning up, though, with my gratitude.
I do turkey, dressing, a gorgeous cranberry sauce donated by a devoted congregant, Mom's cole slaw, mashed taters, bread and butter, and some vegetable like turnips or brussel sprouts. To be honest, I've not been happy with the veggie dish yet. Any suggestions? Just not the yams with marshmallows thing. Maybe just a simple roasted root vegetables dish?
Also, what do you do when you have a few more people than can fit around your dining room table? Do you do a "baby table" and just let the chips fall where they may as far as who winds up at it? Do you put out name cards at place settings? Set up an extra table in the parlor and eat buffet style?
You all were such deep, real help with the sermon I thought you'd like to tackle the Thanksgiving situation.