Welcome to the Burning Questions, where I am trying to answer what you are struggling to cook. Today, obviously, this means we are turning to Thanksgiving. I personally thank all the readers who posted the good news via Instagram…
“I don’t want to make a complete turkey. Can I just give a drum and breasts?” -Avi
The short answer is, yes. My mother burned a turkey breast on Thanksgiving when I was growing up, and I never once thought, ‘Nothing.’ But I feel like the real question you are asking is deep, it is: How faithfully should I follow the rules? I’ve heard people say “The car has no part on the thank-you table” or “Because you eat chicken, you have to drink white wine.” Well, maybe that’s true at some people’s table, but certainly not mine. I wouldn’t try in a million years to convince you that your salt should have my mom’s cherry (made with Keebler graham cracker crust and Jell-O instant pudding), but it really doesn’t thank me (and six). grandchildren) if not at least three mixed with bourbon pecan and pumpkin. In other words, the traditions of your family are more important than the rules of the old school and some of the strange sh * t on the table (remember the glark?) Are very popular.
“Can you share with me some fancy vegetable ideas?” – Everyone, really
First of all, who decreed that there should be a great legacy? As we all know, the side is the best part of Thanksgiving, and most of them are meatless. However, if it turns out to be wrong without one, I would say look for something more in shape and texture: Ottolenghi’s Butternut Squash Fondue Pie, Greens Gratin, Mushroom Casserole.
“Drinks! What special meal should I give before I eat, and what kind of wine should I drink? ” – BK
At our table, we like to go with a mix of white Burgundies and Pinot Noirs, which are basically the wine we drink all year round, because they are light and very alcoholic. I love this memorable line from the important Sam Sifton Thanks Sample book: “There is no ‘proper’ wine for Thanksgiving, in other words, there is no grape or grapevine, no market, or spirit. There is nothing ‘wrong’, though I can stay away from low-rise apartment buildings unless you eat in a box heading west. “They recommend encouraging guests to bring their favorite. (very beautiful!) and a non-alcoholic way, this Salted Rosemary Paloma.
“Can a mashed potato be made in the future?” – Jean
Yes, and when I learned that, it changed my life. Cook your potatoes from start to finish as they were written the day before, then simply reheat a large pot over low heat, adding a little hot cream or milk to thin, stirring constantly to prevent stickiness.
“Can you make a pumpkin pie that doesn’t bother you?” -O alone
When it comes to the ancient Americans, I’m good at jumping on a green casserole or a potato with marshmallows, but making a fun pumpkin cover behind the Libby flute is a hill where I will die. Fear not, though: I have registered Life Is What You Cook author Vallery Lomas states: “I have replaced sugar with coconut juice with coconut milk instead of cream, and it adds flavor. A better answer, however: Sweet Potato Pie. Mine has orange zest and pecans and lots of things that are not boring. That looks so good!
“What if someone asked to bring it but everything has already been arranged?” —Monika
His favorite wine. (See above.) Bright cider. Cards or old children’s games. (Twister, anyone?) Or, as my friend Sonya Jo’s grandmother would say, just tell them to “bring your own desires and put on your dining pants.”
“Can you give me some simple ideas on the table?” – Katie
All I have to do is move and collect pumpkins (all sizes, but no larger ones), gourds, persimmons, and pomegranates as well as acceptable candles. Jodi Levine, also known as the Supermakeit, best known for her inconsistent ideas, suggests that she write to her children with herbal prescriptions or twisted leaves or this simple trick that can be doubled as a night job for toddlers.
“How can I have children?” – Jordan
See above! As for my kids, we used to give them some dishes – even if they just start something here or whip up something there. Now all the adults and they feel like “their” those dishes, which is fun, not to mention very helpful. Kids can also make cards or arrange exercise or become a chef or … just enjoy spending time with family, which is not in vain.
“When will cooking come naturally or do it seem bad to me?” – Taffy
This made me laugh. What I can say is this: if there was a time when cooking would not look bad, here it is. I would argue that the Pre-Thanksgiving kitchen, with its delicious aroma and chefs are so intertwined, with kids just looking at their faces inside and out asking “dinner?” and the usual distraction is the best part of a vacation. Pour a cup of wine, share the only good news you can tell, take pictures – you don’t have to be the one beating Turkey to hear more.
Good questions! Happy Thanksgiving, all of you!
PS A lot of thanksgiving tips, as well as how to talk to kids about Thanksgiving.
(Photo by Christine Han, by Abbey Lossing.)