The Opinionated Foodie: The Love (or Not) of Food and Everything That Goes with It


I Am Thankful For…

The dressing before the oven-an onion, two stalks of celery, salt, pepper, a pan of biscuits, and a can of chicken broth. Still striving for dressing that is crunchy and flavorful like my grandmother’s. Maybe someday I’ll get there.

Last year, I made my first Thanksgiving meal for our little family.  Just the four of us did it again this year.  We sat around our table and ate and ate.  It was a good meal with a lot of improvement to go.  I made a ham for the first time, and I made mediocre dressing for the second or third time.  I tried to make a good Thanksgiving, and no one complained even though they probably could have.

Still, we had food, and a table, and all of us were back again to eat our second Thanksgiving meal in our home.  Thursday we will eat again with our extended family, but that meal won’t come close to this one under our own roof with just us.

Luckily, it is not always about the food, but instead it is about the people who sit in front of it.  For that, I am thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving to Foodies everywhere…

Trisha Yearwood-esque ham glaze. I glazed a five-pound ham with one cup of packed brown sugar with around 1/4 cup of honey. I heated it until it was
runny and poured it over the ham with half the time left to bake.
Sweet potatoes that had been boiled for twenty minutes and set out to cool.
The skins fell right off. Then, they were whipped with three tablespoons of butter, a dash of cinnamon, and 1/4 a cup of sugar.
Pumpkin pie-made with the recipe on the pumpkin can
minus most of the spices and baked at 350 for 1 hour 15 minutes. Simple, simple, simple.

The pecan pie from our library’s bake sale.
Smart to have it right before Thanksgiving. I don’t know who made it, but it was divine.

My plate without the roll.

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