Thanksgiving 2011 New Mexico
Thanksgiving Feast 2011
We all try to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends every year.
The friends are the nicest part but the food does tend to take center stage! The food is a traditional array of comfort foods.
A comfort food is a food that lives in our memories as a safe and happy time in our lives. It is more often than not any fancy cuisine. It is made of easily procured ingredients from time tried recipes.
Aunt Mary always brings the ribbon salad. Aunt Louise always makes the noodles. Grandma always cooks the turkey. Mom always makes the baked beans, and so on. These were foods and dishes all lovingly prepared and so taken for granted by us when we were kids.
Who would not give a king’s ransom for one of those dishes still prepared by that long passed Aunt or Grandma or Mom?
We do remember that there were certain dependably bad foods made too! My husband tells a tale of his mom’s home made tomato aspic. He felt badly that he did not like his mother’s tomato aspic, so he ate that first to get it out of the way so he could then enjoy the rest of her home made meal.
Turns out that because he ate it first she thought he particularly loved her tomato aspic so she made it for him specially. So, for years she went out of her way to make it just for him and for years he dutifully ate it first to get rid of the dang stuff.
The pictures are all of Thanksgiving Day 2011. Our little church was stretched to the capacity to feed the 122 people that signed-up to attend.
Enjoy, without the calories!
By the way, to whoever made the pecan pie; great flaky crust and not too sweet. It was just right pecan pie! Yum.
P.S. I made cheesy potato casserole with half a jar of mild salsa. Another Midwestern dish with a New Mexico twist! I let it slow bake for 1 and one-half hours to get a nice crispy crust just like mom did.
- Turkey Mushroom and Garlic Soup Recipe
Turkey Mushroom and Garlic Soup Recipe. New Mexico in the fall.