If we were all neighbors, and someday I hope we are,
I would invite you over for coffee one chilly morning in November, and we would work on our
Thanksgiving grocery list.
You could sit on the love seat in the kitchen and laugh and roll your eyes, while I tried my best
to get you to pay attention to all of the important Thanksgiving things I needed to announce.
This partial list below has a history you know.
Great cooking women in our family’s history still impact this list because they created it.
Turkey- Nonnie swore by the Riverside turkey at HEB. I bought those for years because of her.
I have now become a turkey of least resistance buyer ,and I buy Butterball.
I can’t resist the idea of a 1-800 number hotline.
No one else in the house is awake when I put that 25 pound behemoth in the oven ,so it is nice to
think I could call someone.
Cornbread Dressing- For the bread portion of the dressing, Mamaw (your great
grandmother) always bought hot dog buns and toasted them in the oven. She also made
homemade corn bread. I buy the herb flavored Pepperidge Farm packages of bread crumbs. I
also prepare 2 boxes of Jiffy cornbread mix.
Cranberry Sauce- It is at this point on the list that we reveal our blue collar, no nonsense roots.
It is also where we reveal our love of old school, Thanksgiving meals prepared in South Texas public
school cafeterias in small Texas towns. (Examples: Riviera ISD, Ricardo ISD, Falfurrias ISD, Sharyland ISD)
What was part of these wonderfully prepared meals? Canned, jellied cranberry sauce.
There. I said it.
I have NEVER tasted a fresh cranberry dish at Thanksgiving that I liked or that didn’t make my eyes
squint from tartness.
No thank you.
It is still early.
We have time to plan.
We still need to discuss Katherine’s Sparkle Salad and its origin. My dear friend Mary Jo made it in
her Home Economics kitchen at Sharyland High School where we taught.
She and her students created wonderful Thanksgiving feasts for all of the teachers for many years.
I love you sweet girls.
Keep a tight rein.
It is getting colder…watch your driving.
I love you,
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