Thanksgiving is about three things for me: 1) All-day drinking (prosecco cocktails in the a.m., red wine with dinner), 2) watching “Gone with the Wind” (it’s a tradition), and 3) cooking the entire meal myself. The latter is a bit of a new thing for me — two years ago, I cooked a seven-course dinner for my mom, my brother, and I, which I masterfully managed to time exactly so that each dish was ready at once. Last year, my family celebrated on the day before Thanksgiving (my mom was going out of town), she cooked, and my brother and I almost got in a fistfight over Roman Polanski. So I’m back in charge again, because lord knows, I do not want a repeat of last year’s fiasco. In truth, I am the best cook in my immediate family and I’m also a control freak. Commandeering the kitchen (and the menu), while reciting lines out loud with Scarlett O’Hara and sipping sparkling beverages, is my idea of the perfect Thanksgiving.
With that in mind, keep clicking to see a few of the dishes on my Thanksgiving menu for tomorrow. (Not included in the slideshow: stuffing mix that I’m taking up a notch with apples and onions, my mom’s homemade cranberry sauce, and store-bought pie.) SPOILER ALERT: There is no turkey, because turkey is really just a bigger, less tasty chicken. Also, I am not tryin’ to claim that these recipes are my own — they are written by chefs far more talented than I. Though I will likely be adapting them on a whim.
Most importantly, share your favorite Thanksgiving recipes in the comments!