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Mission: New Thanksgiving menu

November 20, 2013 - Terri Castelaz
Thanksgiving is just around the corner.

Once again I will be hosting Thanksgiving dinner for approximately 25 people — give or take a few. It’s still a week away and I’m starting to sweat about getting everything done. I think I may stress more about the decision of what the menu is going to be than the actual cooking of the dinner.

Every year I say I’m going to make “new recipes,” but can’t make up my mind which ones to make, so we are always back to the basic traditional meal — turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, corn, rolls and pumpkin pie. And of course my father’s favorite — ramen noodle salad. I would feel bad making a new salad for dinner when this is his favorite. I suppose I could make both, but then again we already have enough leftovers to feed “Coxey’s Army.”

The only thing that varies from year to year is the Jell-O salad I decide to make, but it usually is a recipe that we have for get-togethers or birthdays.

This year I am going on record stating there will be a few new things on this year’s table. I don’t care what, but there will be. Sorry dad that means maybe no roman noodle salad.

I may even try something out of this year’s Daily News cookbook, which is in today’s edition.

Tonight I’m going to start working on the menu, yes tonight, and not wait until Tuesday night to make my list for shopping for Wednesday, when it so nuts in the grocery stores. My husband may faint when I tell him what I’m doing tonight, but I’m doing it.

I am going to have a stress free, well less stress, Thanksgiving this year.

I come from a family of very good cooks so I always worry about how everything is going to taste. I think I’m turning into my grandmother, Joyce, when it comes to these things. I always ask my husband does this taste OK, and I get a reply of “Yes Joyce.” So yes, I’m definitely turning into her.

Whether the food turns out or not I am thankful for many things, most of all my family. May everyone have a happy Thanksgiving.

Added note: I would like to thank Daily News readers for the good response in sending in their recipes in this year. Having good participation makes a good cookbook.



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