Hellooo...is anybody out there?
I'm sure you've all been too busy cooking, eating, and shopping to read my silly little meanderings. I've been, um, sort of busy myself, what with making a flying trip to my brother's house to meet my new nephew (Carter John Traill), hosting and participating in the various festivities surrounding Wendy and David's wedding, and assorted work-related obligations. I do have a question, though, which came to me following the wonderful Thanksgiving dinner prepared by sister-in-law Emilie (who managed to do all that cooking despite having given birth two weeks ago).
What foods must you absolutely have at Thanksgiving dinner in order for it to really seem like Thanksgiving dinner?
I ask because about halfway through our lovely meal last Thursday, my mother suddenly looked confused, and said, "Where's the stuffing? We forgot to make the stuffing!" All of us looked at our plates, and at the dazzling array of dishes on the table, as if expecting to see a dish of stuffing that just somehow hadn't been passed around. But Mom was right -- there wasn't any stuffing. We all merely shrugged and kept eating, since it was quite apparent that we had more than enough food -- and hey, with the scalloped corn, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and dinner rolls, it wasn't as if we were lacking for carbs!
Stuffing is right up there with my favorite parts of a holiday meal, so I surprised myself in a couple of ways: first, because I hadn't immediately noticed the lack of stuffing, and second, because by the time we noticed, I didn't really care. I love stuffing so much that if you asked me before Thursday if I would even consider a Thanksgiving dinner adequate that didn't include it, I would have been horrified at the very suggestion -- but when it was missing, it didn't really matter. Odd, eh?Posted by at November 29, 2004 4:07 PM