One week ’till Thanksgiving! Last year I wrote about my family’s somewhat unconventional Thanksgiving menu. That of a Thanksgiving barbecue with turkey legs, ribs, potatoes and other foods that don’t really represent what you think of a traditional Thanksgiving meal. But, I reasoned, the spirit of Thanksgiving is about more than food, so who cares what’s on the menu?
The truth is Thanksgiving hasn’t meant that much to me until more recently. That’s not to say that I don’t care for the holiday; I just didn’t grow up with it so what I ate on that day wasn’t as important. One time I made cannelloni for my roommates on Thanksgiving day if that’s any indication … I guess it’s one of those things that slowly seeps into your culture as you spend more time around it, but still there are ways in which we make these holidays uniquely “ours.” I’m sure in Miami, with its various cultural influences, there are many ways in which cooks put their own twist to Thanksgiving meals. Even if it’s as simple as using adobo to season the turkey.
So, I ask, how have you added your twist to Thanksgiving meals? Is there one Thanksgiving dish that you feel is unique to your family?
Bloggers, post your Thanksgiving food story on your blog on or before Thursday, November 22 and send the link to your post by that date to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you don’t have a blog and want to participate, post your story in the comments area. I will post a round-up of all blog entries and the best comments on mango&lime. Oh, and in the spirit of holiday giving, the best two Thanksgiving meal stories receive one of the following books (top entry gets first pick):
David Kamp’s The Food Snob’s Dictionary: An Essential Lexicon of Gastronomical Knowledge
Rick Rodgers’ Thanksgiving 101: Celebrate America’s Favorite Holiday with America’s Thanksgiving Expert
[tags] food blogging, Thanksgiving [/tags]