I’m kind of considered the gourmet cook in our family. What can I say; I really enjoy cooking (my kids were eating epicurean delights from the time they were wee babies). So when it comes time for family holidays I like to show off a little. No simple dishes for me; the harder the recipe is the better I like it.
Several years ago we had 25 people over to our home for Thanksgiving dinner. I felt good about my preparation; it was Thanksgiving morning and I had already made two fancy desserts, stuffing, a mashed potato casserole, green bean casserole, a mixed green salad with cranberry vinaigrette, homemade bread, a wild rice side dish, sweet potatoes and cranberry relish. I only had a few more things to make.
It was time to put my Turkey with Chardonnay and Herbs into the new roaster I had purchased just for this occasion. Minor point … the turkey was too big for the roaster. Not a little too big … it was obese. And I couldn’t use the oven because it was needed to bake all of the other goodies I mentioned above. I was starting to freak out when my husband came to the rescue once again. He rigged up some kind of MacGyver contraption and saved Thanksgiving. Next time I’ll show some restraint and buy a smaller turkey.
As I get ready to make the feast once again, I’m am reminded of what Thanksgiving is really all about. It’s not about the turkey or the pumpkin pie, it’s about gratitude.
I have so many things to be thankful for…if God physically showed up at your dinner table this Thursday, what would you say “thank you” for?