Monday, November 20, 2006

This is a 'must have'

Things are gearing up for the big feast. My wife has already baked lots of pumpkin bread and cranberry bread. We've planned our appetizers. And the actual meal is planned. Not too much work in the planning stages cause we stick with pretty traditional fare - turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, etc. And all the shopping is done and the ingredients are awaiting us in the cupboard.

I've also had some time to engage in one of my favorite pre-holiday pastimes - watching The Food Network. Every cook who ever had a show gets their own holiday special. And then they all come together for The Food Network cook-off or holiday luncheon or whatever they call it. And from the shows I've seen so far, it seems that this year a huge focus is on the mighty cranberry. That tiny red fruit waiting to burst forth on our holiday table and bring us delightful goodness. No longer shall it be just a side dish. Oh no! It is time to heat up your cranberries with some various juices and liqueurs, throw in some diced mango, stir in some crushed nuts, and serve it all up as a feast for the eyes and the palate.

Good for them. But there is one thing that I absolutely must have to make my Thanksgiving meal complete...

7 comments:

Meander said...

ooh i am so glad you said this! i absolutely have to have the canned stuff too! it is not thanksgiving without it!

Sara said...

Two thumbs up for this post! Not only do I love Thanksgiving, I also love hearing about other people's Thanksgiving meals, traditions, etc. It's such a warm time of year.

No Thanksgiving is complete without my mother's sage & sausage stuffing. :) And I agree: cranberry sauce is a Thanksgiving staple.

Chelle said...

I ALWAYS "forget" cranberry sauce....always!! LOL (I guess because I don't like it...lol)

Making a mental note - BUY cranberry sauce before Thursday!! lol

Jazz said...

I'm always amazed at how big a thing Thanksgiving is in the US. Bigger than Christmas it sometimes seems.

radioactive girl said...

I hate cranberries, but my family is addicted to both the jellied canned cranberries and the whole berry cranberry type. I bought a ton of both just so I wouldn't forget.

Jill said...

We have a can of that stuff in the house even as I speak. Hubby requires that the jellied cranberry sauce be served exactly as it emerges from the can, in a solid can-shaped tube.

Em said...

I'm glad I'm not alone! Most of you either love it...or at least are willing to serve it to your loved ones who love. Except Chelle who seems to 'forget' the jellied sauce of the gods. Shame on you! ;)

And yes, Jill, the fact that you can serve it in the can shape is part of the charm. Those little ridges down the side are like guidelines for making slices! LOL