When I was a kid, I remember going to my Nana and Papa’s house for Thanksgiving dinner. A buffet table was set up in front of the fireplace in their small, cozy living room. We’d all fill our plates with my Nana’s famous cranberry jello mold, and the usual Thanksgiving spread. After dinner my brother, cousin and I would put on a show that the family would watch. Our shows were pretty ridiculous, which was what made them entertaining.
Eventually Thanksgiving dinner moved to my parents’ house — my childhood home and where they still live. My dad always had a roaring fire going, the table was set days ahead by my mom, with every detail perfect. While the dog curled up in front of the fireplace, we’d all indulge in my dad’s perfectly roasted turkey, my mom’s delicious stuffing, and a plethora of yummy side dishes. After dinner we’d all joke and laugh about the shows we use to put on.
This will be the fourth year my husband and I have hosted Thanksgiving. I love it. Everything about it. I make my Smoky Paprika-Bacon Roasted Turkey, my mom brings her fantastic stuffing, my aunt makes my Nana’s cranberry jello mold, and everyone else brings sides and desserts. I start a fire that my dad or brother then tends to. My two sons and their cousin do the show now. It’s incredibly entertaining — for the same reasons our shows were.
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. My Honey-Glazed Pears in Crispy Wontons for dessert began my celebration, and I’ll be continuing all this week with beautiful Thanksgiving sides.
Off we go. . .
Can’t get enough Brussels sprouts? Here are a few more Brussels sprouts recipes:
Brussels Sprouts with Pearl Onions
Hazelnut Brown Butter Brussels Sprouts
Braised Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Golden Raisins
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Sherried Mustard Vinaigrette
Caramelized Chestnuts and Brussels Sprouts in Cider Vinegar Glaze
Brussels Sprout Salad with Sour Cherries, Hazelnuts and Manchego Cheese