Cooking Vs. Eating

Thanksgiving lends to fun jokes and expressions such as:
"Gobble Until you Wobble"
"Sweatpants Meal"
"Tis' the Season to Overeat"

Lots of weight loss companies and blogs will remind you of the dangers of eating too much this time of the year. That's not what I'm referencing. I'm talking about the work and stress in making a huge meal. But I say:
"Tis' the season to cook less, but eat more!"

My first year to host Thanksgiving was in 2007. I had just moved to Chicago 3 months prior and I invited my parents and boyfriend. Turkey scared the crap out of me. It was its size and cooking time that made me head toward duck and ham. With careful precision, and the skill of cooking a crispy chicken, I made a whole duck with an orange dipping sauce. Ever since then, I have done duck many times for Thanksgiving.

When it comes to this eating holiday, the problem is all the side dishes that adorn the table. How many do you need? How many is too much? Well, during a normal meal in my house, we have a starch, usually a grain or bean, and a vegetable with each meal. Some meals also get a salad or soup. So for Thanksgiving, I'm dropping the 8 sides tradition and heading towards 3 sides with soup.

Our Thanksgiving Menu 2014
Mini Ham
Cornish Hens
Corn Chowder topped with Smoked Trout
GF Cornbread Stuffing
Minty Carrots
Garlic Kale
Apple Cider
Apple Cider Martinis
Lemon Bars
Pecan Cream Cheese Brownies

Since we watch sports all day, breakfast and snacks will be:

Breakfast Casserole
Bacon Corn Dip with Tortilla Chips

My goal was to cook a little on Wednesday, be stress free Thanksgiving day and a bonus; make sure to have future meals with left overs.
Tis' the Season to Eat Stress Free!


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