Whose idea was it to make turkey the traditional Thanksgiving dish? Do you think the pilgrims actually served turkey stuffed with cornbread and celery at their feast? After all, Plymouth is right on the ocean, so they probably ate fish. Maybe we’re all supposed to be dining on the Thanksgiving Lobster. I’m just saying…
Okay, so I’m not crazy about turkey. One or two slices of the bird, and I’m good. The next day, you open the refrigerator and remember just why they call it foul.
For me, turkey day is all about the sides. I can’t wait for the mashed potatoes, the green beans with the onions, cranberry sauce made from scratch, and kernel corn slow baked in a ramekin.
One of my favorite sides is an easy sweet potato casserole with a hint of vanilla that can be made ahead and reheated in the microwave. I’m happy to share the recipe with you.
Whether you like apple, pumpkin, chocolate, or my personal favorite – lemon meringue – I’ll bet the expression, “life is uncertain, eat dessert first” was coined with pie in mind. In fact, instead of nicknaming Thanksgiving “turkey day,” I’d opt for “pie day.” And the next morning while all the shoppers are jockeying for a parking space at the mall so they can get in on the Black Friday sales, I gonna sleep in and eat leftover pie for breakfast.