I’m still licking my fingers from a delicious Thanksgiving feast and already I’m figuring out the spread for Christmas. In our family, the menu is pretty similar – although the Thanksgiving turkey can give way to other main dish meats. Easter’s not that different either, although there are more marshmallows involved. Sometimes we’ll throw in a wild card – curried something, or a little Tex Mex. For the most part the recipes are the favorite familiars. It’s a way, I think, of recalling the favorite familiar people who may no longer be at the table with us.
Y’all are invited to my place for supper: Saturday at 6 pm. On the Menu hush puppies1 shrimp boil2 ambrosia3 million-dollar pickles4 potato salad5 date-pinwheel cookies6 lemonade7 Bring your appetites.8 We’re going to have us some good ol’ Southern eats.9 I hope you can come.10 1 My grandmother loved hush puppies and telling how they …
On a recent flight, my daughter sat next to an actress affiliated with a Chicago based comedy troupe. The actress needed some ideas for an upcoming Thanksgiving sketch routine and asked my daughter if she had any funny family holiday meal stories. The story my daughter shared was one my husband and I have no memory of. She insists we were there. Clearly the scene made a vivid impression on her.
She was a teenager, and we were enjoying a delicious feast with my sister’s reserved family when for no reason my daughter could fathom, my husband started talking about beef testicles – their size, texture, cultures that eat them and how they’re prepared.