Left vs. Right?
Nov. 17, 2012 4:13 pm
Updated: Nov. 23, 2012 5:03 am
Time has been marching on, and once again crazycook has been contemplating menu, and asking confirmed guests what they might like to provide as a "dish to pass..."
Meanwhile, poor Rusty kitty became very sick... all of the hopes and well wishes... the pampering and hand feeding, helped not at all... Sadly, this morning we bid her a loving farewell. It was time, but of course that's never an easy decision to make!
I have already purchased a turkey of adequate size for our expected guest list, and had planned on preparing stuffing and PLENTY of gravy, as there never seems to be enough. In addition, I was expecting two desserts, and a pan of fire roasted vegetables.
One of my personal traditions is to make a scalloped corn casserole, a dish that I love, but when cooking for two, what could I do with the remaing 80% of the dish? Add some mashed potatoes, and perhaps an additional veggie dish, and there is "the right hand"
- the traditional holiday meal.
Enter "the left hand..." One guest has decided to bring a lasagne (of all things!) Crazycook immediately shifted gears! Dinner rolls could give way to garlic bread. Add the expected vegetable dish, and something "green" - broccoli, green beans or brussels
sprouts... I've even thought about a simple "wilted spinach" dish! How wonderful would it be to break away from the
"normal" meal items for once? "Sacrilege," you may proclaim LOUDLY!
Why not, for once? I do still have a 14lb turkey gradually thawing in the frige surrounded by ice... I can certainly scratch the "turkey itch" at any time... or should I bite the bullet, and do both?
Back to the question of "tradition," I must ponder... Primarily, this holiday is celebrated only in the US and Canada, though I'm not about to limit this for the purpose of this writing. By all means, if you know of other countries celebrating on the 4th
Thursday of November a "meal of thanks," feel free to add to "my" list!
Meanwhile, I'm recalling an article I read many years ago about the "traditional" Spanish meal served on Christmas. Wish I'd kept that one! I've also attended a traditional Polish Christmas meal, which comprised of some foods I'd never eaten before (like
pickled herring,) and in England, we always ate a beef roast and Yorkshire pudding on Christmas day...
This afternoon I ran the "new" menu by Denise, who responded that she felt people would EXPECT turkey and the trimmings... Personally I'm at a loss, considering our guest list, but then it might just be Keith's first ever Thanksgiving, as he resides in London,
and only visits when he can on a tourist visa... I will have to debate... I could surely roast a stuffed turkey and two "green" veggie dishes, allowing the guests to pick and choose as they go!
It is my opinion however, that the "left hand" will win out regardless as to what is on the buffet, and that the lasagne pan will be emptied, while the turkey is left only slightly picked on...
Perhaps traditions, like "rules," are "meant to be broken..." (well, once in a while anyway!)
Have a wonderful holiday meal this Thurs, however you choose to celebrate it, and remember to be happy, be healthy, be crazy...!