Yeah, yeah, yeah . . . this the season for turkey and stuffing and mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie (which I am still positive no one in the history of the world has actually liked/enjoyed) and you have to spend six or eight hours cooking and prepping the mandatory foods of the holiday for what totals 30 - 45 minutes of people eating and pretending to enjoy it to turn around and complain, immediately after, about how full they are.
So here is my suggestion . . . deviate from the norm. Eat something better this Thanksgiving. Need inspiration? Try these:
- Toast with Peanut Putter and All-Fruit Preserves. The extra-toasty kind that is not burned but is completely devoid of moisture. Preferably a multi-grain bread with unrefined flour and a thick layer of crunchy peanut putter and a thin spread of ideally tart-fruit preserves like these.
- Scrambled Eggs. For breakfast. That day. Every day. So good.
- Rotisserie Chicken. Remember that movie "Girl Interrupted"? I love a rotisserie chicken way, way more than that. You should, too. It is nearly perfect alone and pairs well with just about everything.
- Grilled Cookies. Yeah. You read that correctly. Get some coals good and hot with a mixture of briquettes and wood chunks then put the dough on a skillet and watch - closely. They'll go from raw to black quickly if you don't pay attention and you don't want to screw that up.
- Holiday Spice Tea from the Spice Merchant. Forget the Pumpkin Spice Latte THIS is the flavor of the season. Not from Wichita? You can order it here.
- Turkey Pot Pie. The closest you should come to that trite stuff everyone else will be gorging on.
- Delivery Pizza. On an occasion when hours and hours will be spent making tons and tons of food there is no greater nose-thumbing than ordering a pizza and sitting on the couch binging Netflix while you wait for it to show up. Delicious and simple.
- Mozzarella Sticks. Because you're 12 on the inside.
- Fruit Salad. I love a good fruit salad, served icy cold and with just enough fruit juices to keep it interesting. Best served in a coffee mug.
- Hummus. I mean COME ON - you had to see that one coming. TOO delicious to not eat all the time.