As everyone is running around, trying to put the finishing touches on their holiday preparations, it is a good time to stop for a moment and remember what this time is all about. For many, it has simply been swept up in commercialism, only to be remembered for being the day before Black Friday,when everyone gets up at the crack of dawn and goes scurrying to the malls, and exactly one month before the Christmas holidays yet to come. Yikes! Just thinking about it makes me tired, no tryptophan induced turkey coma required!
Thanksgiving started out not as the busy extravaganza it has become, but instead as a time to reflect on all the special things in each of our lives that most of us too often take for granted. What are you thankful for this year? Friends, family, pets, wonderful food, the place that you live? Sometimes sitting across the table from the people that you care about most, sharing a meal can be enough. It is something that we should celebrate everyday. Continue reading
For many people, including myself, stuffing, or dressing as it is sometimes called, is one of the highlights of any holiday meal. Countless recipes exist offering different variations of this classic dish; some with vegetables, others with fruit, some relatively plain with only dried bread and spices, others rather elaborate with such things as sausage, meat and oysters. My favorite has always tended to be somewhere in the middle, simple but flavorful, heavier on herbs and spices, than sugar or fat. Continue reading
Throughout North America, cranberries are a familiar staple on most Thanksgiving, or Christmas dinner tables. Everyone naturally has their own favorite recipe and preference as to how to prepare them. Some just like to keep it simple and buy it ready made in the form of jelly, or preserves. But many of us still prefer to make it using fresh cranberries. We love their beautiful vibrant red color, which the fruit only develops late in the Fall, when fully ripe. Continue reading