It’s Thanksgiving week, and in just a few days everyone around the US will give thanks for the blessings life has bestowed upon them and gather around tables with family and friends to eat a feast. While many of the foods will be the same throughout the country, some of the dishes will vary by region and some will vary on the tastes of the family or primary cook.
I grew up in the south. My granny, who lived in west Texas for most of her life, was very much a southern cook, meaning she cooked everything –and I mean everything! - in recycled grease. She kept the can of grease in her cabinet, scooping out a spoonful to fry eggs, pork chops, or chicken, returning the grease to the can once the food was done cooking and the grease began to cool. The grease was like a slick, artery-clogging history of meals gone by. Some of that grease could likely be dated back to the Great Depression. Somehow, despite all the grease, Granny and Granddad lived to be very old (92 and 88 respectively).
We had several Thanksgivings at Granny and Granddad’s house, and Granny always made one of my favorite Thanksgiving treats – sweet potatoes with brown sugar and marshmallows on top. Yum! I still love the stuff and make it for every holiday. As you can guess, I’m far from a gourmet cook, though I appreciate fancier dishes when someone else makes them.
Do you have a recipe that is a family or regional favorite? Do you like easy-to-make comfort foods for the holidays, or do you prefer a more-refined gourmet meal? Are there any unusual or unique recipes in your repertoire or a funny cooking story in your family?
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!