We haven’t had a TLT reader exchange in a long time, so how about one in honor of Thanksgiving? Maybe sharing a favorite recipe, family tradition or other creative twist on the day? (I realize this isn’t strictly kids and food, but I’m in a holiday mood, so indulge me.)
OK, I’ll start. My native Texan husband keeps begging me to turn the entire Thanksgiving repast into a Mexican feast — turkey mole, jalapeño cornbread stuffing, etc. — but I’m too much of a traditionalist to give in. However, I did improvise a jalapeño cranberry relish last year that’s pretty tasty. Its based on this Epicurious recipe for a crystallized ginger-flavored one, and both are easy and a nice change from a cooked sauce (which I also make.) One caveat: Both recipes should sit in the fridge for a few days, so if you’re going to give either one a spin, it would be best to get on it today or tomorrow at the latest.
Kid-related traditions in my house: every Thanksgiving my husband takes the kids to work at a soup kitchen in the morning, a nice way to send a message about gratitude that also frees me up for cooking. And for some reason, it’s become a tradition that my kids can’t put the marshmallows into the sweet potatoes (yeah, I know it’s low-brow, but a crowd-pleaser) until my brother gets into town and the three of them sit at the table and do it together. I now have a series of photos of this momentous event, starting from when the kids were tiny.
This year my daughter is particularly interested in helping with the cooking, which is great. Last night she made the cooked cranberry sauce while I made a batch of spiced pecans that I always like to have around the house at this time of year. (Both are also Epicurious recipes – here and here.) And now that I know I have a willing helper, I plan to offload the pumpkin pie on her tomorrow. 🙂
Those are my contributions. Anything Thanksgiving-related — recipe, tradition, musing — you’d like to share?