Happy Thanksgiving 2019!

November 28, 2019

Today, we give thanks….

I’ve mentioned before that Thanksgiving and the 4th of July are my favorite holidays….. maybe, because they’re uniquely American; maybe, because they revolve around family, friends and food; maybe, because it’s not about how much we spend; maybe, because I only cook a whole turkey once a year; maybe, because they both exemplify our desire for independence and freedom; maybe, because they remind us how much we have to be grateful for?

It’s all of that….AND, it’s a four day weekend! What’s not to love?!?

Anyway, last year, I looked all over for a Thanksgiving poem and couldn’t find one…. so I wrote one. Feel free to edit as suits your needs and use it at your own table tonight.

‘Twas the Night before Thanksgiving
By Jacqueline Balestra

‘Twas the night before Thanksgiving
No sleep to be found
Ten guests we’ll be hosting
One o’clock they’ll come ‘round

Two weeks making plans
Writing list after list
Digging out trays, pots and pans
You get the gist

Away, away to all the stores
Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, to Vons we go
Park the car, through the doors
Not a free cart in sight, RUH RO!

Two days of cooking, the kitchen’s a mess
With gadgets used only once a year
There’s joy in the chaos, I must confess
Heirloom platters, gravy boat, china so dear

Come the morn, all burners aflame, oven racks full
Sink overflowing with plates, cups and bowls
Into a bun my hair I’ll pull
Plated together the ultimate goal

Old recipe cards tied up in bows
Savory sweet potato/carrot puree
Tenderly cooked long and low
The time is nigh, prepare the buffet!

Favorite dishes lined up in a row
Mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole
Ruby red cranberry relish aglow
Don’t forget the crescent rolls!

At last the bird
Deep fried, golden, moist
Cuts arranged in thirds
White, dark, drumstick, diner’s choice

Twill be a feast for those we hold close
To each a heaping plateful
A time for prayer, a time for toasts
A time to be forever grateful