From Mr. Food Team Member Jodi
I love Thanksgiving! It’s one of the holidays we host at our house and it’s by far my favorite! We’ve been hosting it for more than 20 years, and over the years I’ve collected special table linens that I like to use, and pretty decorations to make the tables festive. For Thanksgiving, the way the tables look is almost as important to me as the food. ALMOST.
The food. Mmmm. My mouth is watering just thinking about all the yummy dishes. My menu has been almost the same since the very first year. Many of the dishes we have, I only make for Thanksgiving, so they’re really a treat. They’re our traditions. My guests look forward to the same food they’ve always had.
A few years ago, I found a new sweet potato recipe that I wanted to try. I had been making a traditional sweet potato casserole, with the mini marshmallows on top, for years. This new recipe was for roasted sweet potato wedges, and sounded much healthier, but still sounded delicious. Well, I thought about just substituting the new recipe for the old one. I even mentioned it, in passing, to a few of my guests. Everyone’s response was “You can’t stop making the casserole!” So, that year, I decided to make both and let them choose which one they liked better. I wasn’t surprised when everyone unanimously picked the new recipe! It’s now a favorite, and a new tradition.
Last year, I decided we needed a new green vegetable to replace the traditional green bean casserole. As I always do, I turned to the Mr. Food website and found our next new tradition…Holiday Green Beans. This recipe is so quick and easy, and it’s delicious. (Not to mention much lighter and healthier than the green bean casserole I had been making for years!) And none of my guests put up a fight.
This year, I’m adding a new dessert because there’s a recipe on the Mr. Food website that my kids love. It’s Cheesecake Filled Cupcakes, and they’re to-die-for! I know they’re not a typical Thanksgiving dessert, but I’m making them in addition to the apple pie and pecan pie.
So, now I know that I can make minor changes to my menu, but gradually! How about you? Have you changed your menu? Let me know, and in the meantime, I wish all of you a happy Turkey Day!