I really enjoy cooking for Thanksgiving, so early on in our marriage, we announced that we would not be traveling for that holiday. Anyone that want to see us for that would need to travel to us. When you're a young married couple without kids, it's hard to get people to visit you; you have to set arbitrary restrictions to make that happen, and this is one of the ones we set for ourselves.
There's a lot of food to the traditional Thanksgiving dinner in our house, so to make it all work, you have to start a few days early. I'll give the full rundown of how I made it all fit tomorrow, but before I went to bed tonight, I wanted to show you pictures of the spread. I put all the food out on two buffet tables for folks to serve themselves. This is mostly about the fact that our dining table is small, but it does make it more obvious when someone gets seconds. The buffet started with the turkey. I forgot to get a picture of the turkey before the carving began, so just believe me when I say that it looked good initially. Then there was the dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy. Next in line we had the vegetables -- asparagus and peas -- both with lots and lots of butter. Finally, we have two kinds of cranberries. Once you had all your food, it was time to sit at the table with a nice glass of wine and enjoy the meal.
After a bit of a rest, we had apple pie and homemade vanilla ice cream. It was a glorious pile of eating, and now I'm going into a turkey coma. I'll provide more details when I come from from the state of excessive sleepiness.
The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers
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