Thanksgiving is my personal favorite holiday. I invite the family every year and look forward to having them come and making the same menu. This year we will be having about 17 people, which is quite a few as we live in an apartment so I have already started getting things assembled and planned. As many of them will be coming from out of town, we will be hosting most of them on Friday morning for bagels and lox as well. Then, on Saturday, some will be going to see the play The Front Page together. 

Every year I debone the turkey, brine it, then I stuff it and sew it together so that it resembles a turkey again. I roast it this way and this cuts down on cooking time and, when you slice it, you get this circular piece with turkey on the outside and stuffing on the inside. This idea is not original with me but years ago, I was watching Martha Stewart do this on TV and decided to try it myself using a stuffing chicken as my first attempt. Now I do it every year but get the butcher to do the deboning to save labor and time.

One of the things that I especially like about Thanksgiving is that there is no gift buying and exchanging and so, I imagine, this holiday has a purity that centers around just getting the family together and sharing a feast and we are lucky that we can have this family feast with people aged from 79 to 2. It is a mixture of some of my family and some of my husband’s. We got married about 7 years ago and I got a whole group of his family, whom I love. When you get a family late in their lives, you don’t get blamed for the childhood issues and difficult memories. To help out, my sister in law will make a casserole for the vegatarians in the family.

To try to ensure harmony, I plan to make it a “no politics” holiday. There was even an article in the New York Times about this subject. Frankly, I am feeling rather sad right now as our dog, Sasha is in the hospital and not doing well. I am sure that those of you who have pets have had the experience that I am going through and I have had it before as well. Having a pet eventually means losing that a pet and then deciding if one should replace it. We get so much pleasure from pets and they really enhance our lives. I guess I am thankful for her presence in our lives and the pleasure we have had. I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. We will be adding a BlackFriday2016 and CyberMonday2016 coupons to our blog to get you started on your holiday shopping.

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