I’ve always envied those Thanksgiving Day hosts who rely on their guests to provide the feast. In conversations with these delegating divas they politely inquire as to my menu. I rapidly fire off the recipes with the precision of a drill sergeant.
“All I really have to worry about is cleaning the house,” they reply to me gently, shaking their heads at my seeming naivety.
All week I’ve been studying lists and mapping Thanksgiving strategy as if preparing for defense against some perceived threat. My family and friends know how to wield chef knives, I never hesitate to host a potluck, so what genetic tick insists I make all the food for Thanksgiving?
Mushroom mixture is sandwiched between 2 layers of mashed potatoes.
This family favorite is a great make-ahead for cooks such as myself, who insist upon tackling the whole feast, yet don’t want to scurry around mashing potatoes at the last minute. It’s a recipe for the Type A personality that tells their guests, “Oh, it was nothing,” yet took 3 days of vacation time to organize the menu, still dropping the kids off at day-care.
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potato & Mushroom Casserole has your number, as well, if you’ve been delegated by the savvy host to bring a dish. It can easily be made 24 hours in advance, wrapped, refrigerated, then popped into the oven right before serving.
Today I began cooking for a holiday party I’m hosting the day after tomorrow. One item I want on the menu is an old-fashioned spice cake, and while thumbing through cookbooks in search of a recipe, I was imagining rich layers of flavor that would be more redolent of spice than cloyingly sweet. No such … Full recipe post »
…at least it does for me. There were no hangdog looks from me when my kids announced they were having Thanksgiving at their partner’s parent’s home; I’ve reinvented my Thanksgiving tradition to fall the Sunday prior to Thanksgiving. With grown kids in relationships (which mean new families with their own holiday traditions), celebrating the Sunday … Full recipe post »
Hi there! I'm Peggy Lampman -
Food writer by trade, curious cook by design.
The past 30 years have witnessed a raucous race from my professional to
home kitchen - persnickety customers, petulant children and piles of dirty dishes
lie in my wake. And the dinnerFeeds - well - they
are my story. More about Peggy and this site...
Taste buds prickle; wanderlust triggered. An Argentine barbecue (asado)
enticed me to Patagonia. A friend gave me a vial of ground sumac berries--4 months later I was
waking at dawn to the "Call To Prayer" in Turkey. Porcini to Tuscany, and so on. Read more about my chronicles of
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