A Full Thanksgiving: Part One

There was one reason and one reason why the boys tolerated this holiday.  Despite it’s twisted past and the fact that the family spirit of the holiday didn’t allure them, it was the food that made them enjoy Thanksgiving.  Ma provided the same food every year.  Deep sunset orange oven-fried sweet potatoes.  Thick, homemade cranberry sauce in a beautiful red shade.  Fluffy and fresh butter rolls.  Light brown, slow-cooked cinnamon applesauce.  Golden and moist sweet cornbread.  Pale and creamy roasted-garlic mashed potatoes.  A silver gravy boat filled to the brim with hot gravy.  Two enticing, golden pies, one apple and one pecan.  A bright pink and marshmallow drenched cranberry salad.  And at the center of it all, a huge juicy turkey with sizzling, speckled skin.  Every inch of the table was covered in gorgeous mouthwatering food.  There was hardly any room for their plates and glasses, but ma had somehow made it work.  It was amazing how she pulled it off every year.  Especially since she did all the work herself.  There was no way their father would step into the kitchen with the intention of cooking and the boys had tried to help out their mother but she refused, stating that they would eat all the food before it reached the table.  Whether that was true or not was irrelevant.  But in the end, the boys got to appreciate her finished masterpiece.  As per usual, it looked and smelled divine.  “Good job ma,” Stan said as he leaned forward and placed a kiss on their mother’s temple while he pulled out her chair.

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Recipe of the Day: Ree’s Ultra-Creamy Mashed Potatoes
A surprising ingredient makes old-fashioned mashed potatoes a Thanksgiving mainstay that your guests will want to reproduce for years to come. Whipped with softened butter and cream the traditional way, Ree’s recipe also folds in softened cream cheese, giving it a tangy richness and a velvety quality made for gravy lakes.


The Wholesome Table

These poor quality photos don’t do justice to how good our lunch was today at The Wholesome Table at BGC (I only had my phone with me to take pictures then). They had an extensive menu of healthy and organic dishes and drinks that it took us a while to decide on what we wanted.

G had the Meatloaf (Thick slices of homemade meatloaf served with creamy, organic mashed potatoes and topped with bacon mushroom gravy) and a Dalandan Shake.

I had the Samurai Burger (6oz grass fed beef patty, sauteed wild mushrooms, Japanese stir-fried veggies, wasabi mayo in a potato bun) and their “Be Beautiful” Smoothie (raspberries, strawberries, goji berries, chia seeds, cacao nibs, coconut milk, hemp seeds, honey). My burger was cooked medium well and had the right amount of juiciness, and the vegetables had the sweetness of soy and a kick from the wasabi. The potato bun was extremely soft and melt in your mouth - quite unlike many burger buns which aren’t too enjoyable to eat. The herbed parmesan fries that went with the burger were so addictive - I was supposed to only eat half but managed to finish the whole cup! And the smoothie I think would be perfect for a breakfast because it was packed with berry and nutty flavors (it kind of reminds me of the little wheat cereal with strawberry jam in them that I used to have for breakfast).