This is what I wish I could be doing today, what Snickers was doing yesterday while I was writing, but I’m up at a very early crack of dawn (okay, early for me), having already cleaned the kitchen in preparation for messing it up in a very big way throughout the day. We’re eating Thanksgiving dinner at Casey & Taylor’s place, but the husband and I have been asked to bring some fave family dishes, which means we’re doing almost as much cooking as if we were hosting the gig, except not. No turkey and no desserts, and no cleaning! That’s the best part! I do love hosting family get-togethers because it means I have to clean, but right now as busy as I am, the husband, too, not hosting is a nice break! #1 daughter’s boyfriend is in Baton Rouge with his family, and #2 daughter’s boyfriend may be in and out as he visits his two family gatherings. But the husband and I, along with #1 and #2, Casey, Taylor & Sam, and Taylor’s parents and brother will be parking our rear ends and feeding our faces and enjoying a day of good company. Snickers will snooze at home in the sun.
So what will we be cooking you ask? Well, the husband will be doing his famous no-recipe and most requested dishes: squash casserole and spinach artichoke dip. He just makes them up as he goes along, and every time they’re awesome and gobbled down, and the house smells like heaven while he’s futzing in the kitchen. I’ll be making fresh mashed yams with all the gooey butter, brown sugar, and maple syrup I can fit in, along with cornbread dressing, and the broccoli rice casserole that’s been a holiday staple in our home for years. It’s a mix of chopped steamed broccoli (a bag of frozen cuts), steamed rice (a cup of raw to two cups of water), chopped and sauteed onion and celery (sometimes a bit of green bell pepper), a can (hmm, or is it two?) of cream of mushroom soup, a jar (15 oz) of Cheese Whiz – jalapeno version preferred. This year, I’ll be chopping jalapenos since only plain Cheese Whiz (and is it really cheese at all?) was to be found. I like to assemble the day before and refrigerate so all the flavors do their melding thing, then bake until hot and cheesy bubbly the day of.
What are you guys cooking today in advance, or do you do all your cooking tomorrow? Any family favorite recipes you can’t wait to get your mouth on? Are you traveling? Hosting? Staying in and snuggling up to enjoy the day of thanks?