Thanksgiving Minimalism

my turkey totally looked like thisWhen I first started this blog, in October 2006, it also happened to be the first time I cooked an entire Thanksgiving dinner. It wasn’t a huge all-the-family-and-cousins dinner, but the first on my own.

And, I, uh… okay, I went  a leetle nuts.

I spent all day cooking, made way WAY too much food (I made an 11-pound turkey for two adults and a three-year-old AND at least 5 side dishes), and ended up totally wiped out by the time I sat down to eat.

I got caught up in the trappings of the day because I felt like, well, this is what I’m supposed to do.

I don’t mean to get all Charlie Brown Thanksgiving about it, but we all know (or at least say we know) that Thanksgiving is not really about the food; it’s about being with family and/or friends and taking a day to be thankful for what we have.And that’s what I’m going to do this year.I’m cooking a turkey breast, a couple of sides, and a pie… and that’s it. I’m going to eat and enjoy the day and then maybe take a walk in Central Park or go see a movie.

Although… if you know what I can do with leftover cranberry sauce, let me know. I totally went overboard on that one.

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