- Turkey. I swear by Alton Brown's brined turkey recipe. One year I even got into wrestling match with my mom when she tried to put the roasting pan back in the oven despite evidence from the thermometer, because she just didn't believe that much juice could come out of a fully cooked bird.
- Cornbread and Wild Rice Dressing is the reason I show up at the table. My family, too, but mostly the dressing.
- Homemade mashed potatoes (made with chicken stock to avoid the dairy) at my husband's request.
- Gravy made with some turkey drippings, flour, chicken stock, and seasonings.
- Steamed green beans with a little Earth Balance margarine and some nutmeg freshly grated over them.
- Grandma Annie's Candied Carrots.
- Possibly Buttermilk(less) Biscuits, despite the starch overload.
Update: The blueberry pie is NOT from Marie Callender, but from Mrs. Smith. Marie Callender's pies have warnings due to being manufactured in the same facilities as peanuts (and possibly other allergens.)
You may have noticed that there is no cranberry sauce, relish, salsa, chutney or anything else on the list. There is a wide divergence of opinion in my family about the correct role of the cranberry at the Thanksgiving table, ranging from preferring its absence to liking the gelatinous canned stuff, to enjoying a nice relish with oranges and candied ginger. Every year, someone's been unhappy. In the next few days, I'll be posting a version of cranberry sauce that will knock everyone's socks off, even the haters!