Thanksgiving, Home and Home Cookin'!!!!!
All across the country, over 40 million travelers are on the road to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends. This is one of my favorite days of the year - the enjoyment of being home with family and catching up on conversation. But without a doubt at the Moore household, it is a day of holiday feasting unsurpassed for aromas and some once-a-year taste treats. My favorites? Thanks for asking.
Country Ham Salad
Before the meal, my brothers and sister stand around the kitchen island and nibble on the food "we are about to receive". In order to slow us down, my mother always makes a big helping of Country Ham Salad. That and crackers start the day off great. As an extra topping, I like to add a little of my dad's homemade Blue Cheese dressing. The best!!!!! [I am not a food critic who uses 'five stars', 5 !!!!! -- that's unbeatable].
Green bean bundles are good, but green beans wrapped in bacon with butter and brown sugar on top is the best. When we fill our plates the first time, everyone is very un-selfish, but as soon as everyone goes through the line of food, the bean bundles go fast. As seconds, most don't make it to the plate. They go from the pan to the mouth and that's !!!!! even if it's not good manners.
Sweet Potato Casserole
Growing up I did not like sweet potatoes. I don't know why, but they were not my thing. I tried to like them, but finally I decided I would not even try them. Then my wife's enlightened me. She said I had never tasted her Sweet Potato Casserole. It was her Nana's recipe. Finally I gave in and put a pinch on my plate. Needless to say, I now fill my plate with her Sweet Potato Casserole. (It is so sweet, I can even eat it for dessert...another !!!!!)
NOT PUMPKIN PIE
Every year my family raves about how good the pumpkin pie is. They tell me how great it is. My mother always brings me a piece of pumpkin pie. Pumpkin pie is fine, BUT ITS NOT DESSERT! In fact, have you ever seen anyone eat pumpkin pie without whip cream. I believe Pumpkin Pie is an excuse to load up on whip cream. If you are going to do that, do what my granddad did to us as kids. We opened our mouth and he sprayed the whip cream directly into our mouth! This was truly the best part of Thanksgiving. So pass on the Pumpkin pie and just put a load of whip cream in a bowl and live it up. Or, put the whip cream on Pecan Pie or Chess pie. That is truly good!!!!!
My favorite Thanksgiving quote... "It's good to be blessed, it's better to be a blessing!" I am thankful for all who lend a hand to those in need and to all who support our efforts at The Overflow Café.
And I can't forgot to say, lend a hand to those who prepared your holiday meal and help clean up the kitchen (you will get the best of the left-overs). From the entire Moore family, have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.