At Thanksgiving, If You Take Sides, Make Sure They’re As Tasty As TheseIt’s Thanksgiving, which means you’ll be seeing Aunt Martha’s sweet potato casserole encased in a marshmallow cloud that has drifted too close to the sun. Cousin Joe, who’s just here for the game, will bring his famous can-shaped cranberry sauce that looks like it’s been attacked by a slinky. Then your sister will arrive with her sad concoction of green beans drowning in cream-of-mushroom soup, flecked with floating onion strings that have been flung like debris from the Titanic.
There’s a certain charm to these standbys, and by golly, you might even like them. But maybe this year you’re ready for a change. Not a big one, like subbing tofu for turkey. Just a twist, you know — one that keeps you from being accused of breaking tradition but also says, “It’s my kitchen and unless you’re helping, go away.” And, hey, wouldn’t we also like to keep it simple so that we actually have some time to enjoy ourselves?
Morning Edition’s Steve Inskeep spoke with chef Mike Isabella, a Washington, D.C.-based restaurateur, about how to tweak that traditional dish into one you still wouldn’t mind bringing home to meet your mother.
“We’ve got a new one for you, Scott,” is the first thing that Erica says to him when she spies him coming through the doors of their floor. The file that she sets on the edge of her desk is thin and crisp. The folders for regular clients tend to be thicker, full of reports and request forms.
“A virgin?” Scott says, raising a brow at the green tab at the top of the folder.
“It’s your specialty, isn’t it?” Erica teases with a sharp grin. “All that comforting and coddling you do with the newbies makes you ideal.”
“Everyone’s scared their first time,” Scott responds gently as he opens the folder to get a look at his new client.
Stiles gets very good at putting himself back together. He learns which cuts just need butterfly bandages and which need actual stitches and he knows to keep a needle threaded because trying to get everything ready when you’re shaking from blood loss is fucking hard. (Not impossible though, he learns that too. There’s not much that is impossible when you don’t have any other options.)
Post 5A - Stiles may not be in the pack anymore, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to stop fighting.