I am sure by the time many of you read this the day will quickly be upon us and everyone is racing to the finish line planning and delivering the perfect Thanksgiving! I do not know of many cooks
that do not want their ability in the kitchen to shine brightly at this time of the year. We all do. It’s in our nature.
There will be turkeys cooked a thousand and one ways, some will also serve ham, or roast beef as an alternative, many families will skip the “Americanized” version of Thanksgiving and go with a
more ethnic oriented Thanksgiving dinner.
Thanksgiving is not about the food you will set down and eat, it is more about giving Thanks to God for what you have, and acknowledging that while you may not have everything you want, or even
need, God has given you something you can be Thankful for this time of year. The world is a strange and difficult place right now, there are wars and hostilities all around the world.
Many Americans are away from their families protecting our way of life and giving us the chance to give Thanks in whatever manner we choose. We should take time out Thursday, and in fact every day, to acknowledge their sacrifices that they make.
I know this Blog is supposed to be about cooking and Ozark Traditions, but I want to take this time to thank each of you for reading my thoughts and letting me share with you some of the memories
and times that have been celebrated over the years. I will leave you with my planned Thanksgiving meal that about 25 of us will sit down and have on Thursday, but I had to take this time out to truly acknowledge the day and what it means to me and many of
us here in the Ozarks.
Thanksgiving Day Meal
Steamed Green Beans
English Peas w/ Pearl Onions and Carrots
Whole Kernel Corn
Corn on the Cob
Zucchini and Squash Stuffing w/ Green Tomatoes
Sweet Potato Pie
Chocolate Truffle Cake
Punch Bowl Fruit Salad
Coffee, Tea, Punch and Water