Ahh, Thanksgiving. The crackle in the atmosphere as weather and landscapes all signal the change of seasons. The fragrances of fallen leaves and woodsmoke. The memories of happy holidays past and the comfort of having a routine to guide you into this particular season.
We pause to consider that not everyone has happy memories of family holidays and note that grocery shortfalls are climbing this year in many American households. As you plan for your own celebration, will you also commit to make a food/support gift to someone of lesser means this Thanksgiving?
We serve a turkey every year because our grandparents have done so for every preceding American generation. At my table, we also serve an alternate protein to honor the original American Thanksgiving bounty and the melding of cultures breaking bread together in peace. Venison, salmon, buffalo; each has graced our table at times and if any of our guests are vegan, we accommodate them, as well.
Guests often think they don't like turkey until they have tried this preparation. Once perfected, there is really no going back. A chemical-free, organically raised turkey rested in a good champagne brine is truly something to look forward to. Sound excessive? Read on...