Let’s talk turkey: tradition, organization, chaos, and everything in between

By | November 19, 2013

After yet another day of writing boring fashion articles, I thought I’d try to rediscover my inner creativity and come up with something fun. So let’s talk turkey.

I am not a get-it-done, mass-production kind of cook. I like to play and experiment. It drives my husband nuts sometimes when I make something really awesome and can’t remember how I did it. We rarely have the same meal twice!

But people get really freaky about this at Thanksgiving, more so than Christmas, even. Certain dishes must be served, and they must be served the way they have for the last 100 years. Which I really struggle with when I can’t remember what I did 5 minutes after we eat  a meal, much less a year later. So, sure, we might have dressing every year (if you’re below the Mason-Dixon line and it’s not actually cooked inside the turkey, it’s dressing, not stuffing!), but it will never taste exactly the same two years in a row.

What about your families? Are there certain dishes and traditions that would reduce everyone to stunned silence if they were to take a break this year? What are they? And why do you think that is? I can see being attached to sweet potatoes because it was Grandma’s recipe, but not just because they’re sweet potatoes. I guess I’m just fascinated by the emotional bond that exists between Thanksgiving and certain must-have dishes.

When it’s time to shop, how do you organize your list? I make a separate Thanksgiving list that’s different from my weekly list and just go through the recipes and add the ingredients. It’s a running list with everything mixed together, and I don’t combine ingredients. I tend to make changes on the fly and get confused if the ingredients are all mushed together.

When do you cook? I’ll probably shop on Sunday and cook Monday, stick it in the freezer (hmmm….better make sure there’s room), then go back for a few perishables on Tuesday. Wednesday (hopefully) I’ll just hang out with the kids…if I don’t overextend myself on writing assignments.

Now it’s  your turn. What do y’all do you get it all done and stay sane? Are you organized? Or do you embrace the chaos?

2 thoughts on “Let’s talk turkey: tradition, organization, chaos, and everything in between

  1. Becky Ratliff

    I’m really enjoying this blog. I do the same thing for Thanksgiving shopping. Total separate lists & shopping trips. For my menu this year, I’m changing the green bean casserole to broccoli casserole. I just wanted a change.

    1. podnar98@att.net Post author

      Will there be a rebellion? It’s just us, my brother, his kids, and my dad now, so it’s easier than it used to be. And thank you!


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