A Foodie Thanksgiving

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Normally, there are a variety of Thanksgiving foods that I feel “meh” about – I’m not crazy about the jellied cranberry sauce, wobbling gently on its plate, or plain corn or beans. However, this year, the family outdid themselves, and all kinds of food perfection made it to my plate:

  • The turkey was good, juicy and flavorful, but also had a crispy coat ofΒ bacon put on it before being set in the grill to cook.
  • The salad was all picked fresh from my brother-in-law’s garden, and those carrots, radishes, and greens were life-giving in an otherwise heavy meal.
  • The mashed potatoes, stuffing, and green bean casserole got mixed up on my plate, and I have no regrets: everything was creamy and delicious and spiced with simple pepper, salt, and garlic.
  • The sweet potatoes didn’t have extra sugar on them, but they had butter and cinnamon which brought out all the best flavors of sweet potatoes.
  • The pecan pie was almost entirely pecans, with just enough of the sugary binder to hold it all together, and a homemade crust that just tasted like flaky layers of butter… mmmm. We ate at 3pm and so this was also my “dinner” at 9.
  • Treats like homemade chex mix, chocolate toffee, and thumbprint cookies abounded.

One of the cousins, K, talked about how much she’s enjoyed eating on Whole30, a program I’ve heard about and have considered trying. Husband and I are now resolved that January will be our Whole30 month, which will not be particularly easy but we think it could be good for some of our least healthy cravings to die down (many friends have said they just don’t want cheese and grains as much after the experience). Anyone know and like Whole30? Anyone know it and think it isn’t so great? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

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8 comments on “A Foodie Thanksgiving

  1. Brenda says:

    Everything sounds delicious.😊

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  2. leebakers says:

    Mmm, bacon and turkey!

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  3. Looks great, and sounds good, and very awesome no added sugars to the sweet potatoes! I did do a Whole 30 once — the only thing I didn’t do was omit the milk in coffee — and I’ve since dropped milk from coffee all together (unless it is really BAAAAD coffee…) I found it very worthwhile to do. The only bad time was in grocery stores until I learned to walk in the areas where they had the food I could eat! (I usually eat pretty well, but when you think “NO you can’t!” as opposed, “No, I just probably don’t want that” it gets more difficult. But it gave me energy overall, to follow that plan for a month. And no, I didn’t want to dive into the proscribed foods when I stopped.

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  4. Bacon makes everything better!

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  5. Grandtrines says:

    Reblogged this on Still Another Photoblog.

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  6. Yan Ward says:

    woah very nice! enjoyed the read πŸ™‚

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  7. This looks amazing! Love that you are using all fresh ingredients πŸ™‚

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