What Are You Bringing to the Feast?

Thus begins a string of Thanksgiving-related posts. Hey, it’s my foodie duty to cover this holiday to the best of my meat-averse abilities.

I may be starting the countdown a bit late, but including today there’s 11 days until Thanksgiving – a holiday that has the same power over many people’s emotions as this song.* For me, Thanksgiving isn’t tear-inducing; however, last year I did have to listen to my uncle sing “Freebird” and take an unreasonable level of harassment from my family for deciding to bring a turkey from Polyface for everyone to enjoy. For everyone to enjoy. Thankfully, “Someone Like You” exists this year, so I’ll have an adequate way to channel my emotions that I didn’t have in 2010.

I always have fun at Thanksgiving – the holiday in the cycle my mom chooses to host [Nan gets Christmas, and the rest are spent at restaurants]. I think this year’s theme may be “An Obscene Amount of Family Dogs in One Place,” because between my uncle’s dog, Indie, Grady, and my parents’ dog Juliet, there’s going to be some big paws stomping around the turkey. I’m also curious to see how Grady reacts to meat. We don’t cook it here, so I wonder if he’ll be interested in it at all.

So, what are you bringing to Thanksgiving dinner? I’m [perhaps against all better judgment] providing a Polyface turkey, and I also plan to try my hand at my first pie. Well, I think when I was in high school I made a key lime refrigerator pie, but I digress. In case you’re struggling to come up with a contribution, Chow offers this handy flow chart. It’s unclear which category I’d fit into, I’d like to think I get to either bring “A hearty appetite and basic manners,” or a “Flask of Cossack Vodka concealed as a pair of binoculars.”

Take a look at the Thanksgiving Flow Chart here, and let me know what you’ll be bringing to the rager.

* Ok, I’ll admit it. One day this summer I worked late and was exhausted and that was the last song on NPR’s “Songs That Make You Cry” podcast special… and it made me cry, alone, in my sublet in Philadelphia.


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Courtney grew up in Reading, PA, and has lived in New York City (where she earned a bachelor's degree at NYU), Prague, Philadelphia, and Charlottesville (where she received a J.D. from UVa Law). Courtney and her new husband will settle in Philadelphia following a six-week Euro-trip extravaganza in September of 2012. Courtney's interests include music, writing, criticism, fitness, travel, cooking, and sports. Please enjoy the blog. LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/courtney-marello/1a/375/b30 Tumblr: http://abarrelofoddsandends.tumblr.com/


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2 Comments on “What Are You Bringing to the Feast?”

  1. Laura
    November 14, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

    I’ve been meaning to ask you…. do you give Grady meat-based foods and snacks? I’ve found some sweet potato snacks for Desi but my friends just scoff at me when I even broach the topic of trying to give her a vegetarian diet.

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