Don't get me wrong, I love all holidays that revolve around food. It's the main reason I like celebrating memorial day, picnics! Thanksgiving is a long standing tradition in my family back home in Buffalo. Every Thanksgiving of my childhood was spent preparing a dish and heading out to my Aunts house for a great big Thanksgiving dinner. The dish that we would prepare? Our classic Jell-O dish!
I have many memories of bundling up and hopping in the car, driving all the way to Grand Island. The drive always felt like it took forever, although these days I know it only takes about twenty minutes to get there. We would arrive in the house and shed our layers, slowly coming into a warm house that smelled of turkey. That smell always brings you into the holiday spirit, if I make a turkey in the summer I still think of Thanksgiving.
We would inevitably wind up eating dinner at four o'clock. The kids would be first in line to eat and my Uncle would always cut in front of one of us, telling us he was taller. The adults would retreat to the dining room and the cousins would sit around the kitchen table. At one point in the years we had dinner there, the kids were relocated to the living room, next to the dining room. I think it was to let us feel like grown ups. I spilled red Jell-O on the white carpet that year, the next year we were back in the kitchen.
This year is the first Thanksgiving that boyfriend and I will spend together, living in the same place. What have we decided to do this year? Go to New York City and watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade! Since we won't be at home to prepare a giant feast this year, I prepared a little Thanksgiving dinner yesterday. It's delicious, it combines everything you want and it doesn't take five hours to prepare.