Thanksgiving is our favorite holiday. All you have to do is be thankful and eat great food. It’s hard not to be thankful when you’re eating great food. We have a few traditions in our house. I have to make the cornbread stuffing. Greg has to make the pie crusts. We break out the Christmas movies. There’s no football in our house, a point on which we both agree. We also agree on the following:
- Sweet potatoes and marshmallows are never to mix.
- Thou shalt not make green bean casserole.
- Cranberries with can marks are an abomination.
- They’re called mashed potatoes, not whipped, blended or pureed potatoes, for a reason.
- White bread is for sandwiches, not stuffing. (OK, mainly a Katherine thing.)
- Whatever shoots out of those Cheese Whiz-like canisters is not whipped cream.
- Gravy does not start as a powder or come in a jar.
- Lumps in potatoes are fine (see No. 4). Lumps in gravy are a no no.
- The skin on the resting turkey is fair game. (Entirely a Greg thing.)
- Giblets are good for you.
While we have our favorite dishes, we try something different each year. We have a few new recipes up our sleeves this year, like a chocolate bourbon pecan pie. The next two weeks will pretty much be all Thanksgiving all the time on the Rufus blog. We’ll be sharing recipes for a cranberry cocktail, one potent punch, pumpkin bisque, the perfect turkey and dressing, sweet potato pie, even a twist on succotash. In the meantime, here are some of our previous recipes fit for a holiday table.
A little help from our friends: Linda over at Savoring Every Bite has a great Thanksgiving planner. Our favorite part, of course, is the pre-Thanksgiving wine tasting. Caroline over at Sweet Caroline’s Cooking has already rolled out her sweet potato-pecan casserole. And for those of you who hate choosing between desserts as much as we do, check out the Thanksgiving Pie Petir Fours over at Savory Simple.