Posted at 5:00 AM Nov 26, 2009By Kathleen Willcox
Two simple words. Two glorious, auspicious, life-affirming definitions. But put together? It leads to ...
The much-feared Thanksgiving: evoking chaos, grubby hands, third-degree burns, curdled gravy, broken crockery, screaming matches, political debates, salmonella, rudeness, dramatic gagging noises, drunkenness, dogs' heads mysteriously finding their ways into various dead animal carcasses, cats who run off with turkey gizzards and then throw up in the middle of a carefully arranged crudite platters, strife, kicking, screaming and, yes - too many marshmallows.
Or maybe that's just at my house.
If you experience any of the above joys though, pop an Excedrin, swig it down with a full-bodied Pinot Noir and read on.
I've gathered a no fail recipe guide for your sanity (no matter what your tastes) and survival on D-Day, er T-Day:
If you're a people-pleaser, good luck today! Before throwing in the towel and crying yourself to sleep at 2 p.m. though, consider using some (not all, champ) of Julia Child's master Thanksgiving recipes, courtesy of Celebrations.com. It's all there, from the turkey to how to whip up the perfect chocolate mousse.
Okay, so you eat meat - but you want it come from an organically fed, humanely raised pampered turkey who had plenty of room to roam. Why not follow locavorian leader Alice Waters' guide to a delicious dinner, courtesy of Eating Well.
Plenty of mouth-watering options out there for Veggies - ignore the naysayers and cook a 100 percent meat-free dinner. Check out everything from Cranberry Slaw to Walnut-Apple Stuffing to Pueblo Corn Pie over at VegKitchen.com. Huzzah!
I hope everyone eats way too much and enjoys every bite. No diets allowed!