In my hometown in Ohio, if you wanted to bring something to dinner our Yoder family had a system. GG, a Tennessee mom to nine and grandma to 28 grandchildren, is the "keeper of the list." Which means you only bring something when you check in with her and get her approval to "put it on the list." So I would be talking with mom and she would say, "call GG and get your item on the list."
|GG is in the far right in front of the pillow. My mom is in the blue shirt.|
This isn't the big varsity day for you. You will not get in to the first team line-up with "A" items like ham, turkey or dressing. Or mashed potatoes. You thought you would get get mashed potatoes? That's so cute. And Santa is real you say?
Those my friends are coveted positions only the varsity aunts and GGs are assigned to. You will bring wine, dessert or possibly, possibly salad (Becca got salad put on "the list" in 2009 and somehow it has stayed. She's such a pioneer).
And honestly, having a bountiful meal of amazing food is amazing. And we appreciate the hard work GG does assembling such great list of food and the aunts do creating such a good spread.
Anyways, I digress...The whole "list" was totally up to me this year. So I went crazy. I am cooking for two days and then not cooking anything for a week!!:)
Here it is!
//Citrus Roasted Herb Turkey
//Mashed potatoes with sour cream
//Dressing with thyme, cranberries, mushrooms//
//Brussel sprouts with escarole salad
//Green bean casserole with crispy onions (outrageously amazing recipe from Smitten Kitchen)
//Pumpkin Tiramisu//made day ahead
|Food and Wine|
I will have to run about 10 miles this weekend to break even!!
Another fun thing we do is to put brown craft paper on the table for the kids to write on, instead of a fancy tablecloth. The kids love it and it's super easy to clean up.
Have a great holiday! Are you hosting or attending a dinner? Are you going the traditional route with pies or going crazy with another creation?