It will come as no surprise that we are a little "non-traditional" in our little family here in NY, far from our extended family and relatives. Over the years we've sort of taken pride in feeling a little like pioneers, out in the wilderness, making friends with the natives, and adopting our traditions and lifestyle to reflect our adopted surroundings. Our Thanksgiving dinner this year captured our eclectic nature.
Although we live just a few blocks from the Thanksgiving Day Parade route, and we have ventured out in years past to try and catch a view of a few floats, our normal strategy is to try and stay as far away from the madding (or maddening!) crowds. This year we started off the day by catching a subway at Columbus Circle and heading up to our favorite AMC movie theater (with reclining leather seats) and we went to see the latest installment of The Hunger Games (Mockingjay, part 1). Yes, we did catch the irony here, but it didn't stop us!)
We arrived home in the early afternoon, which gave us enough time to finalize cooking our dinner. Since we were not eating turkey, we didn't need to be home all day. The kids had asked, please can we have steak this year? Of course, with all the sides!
So here is our non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner, 2014.
|Filet Mignon with a scoop of melting blue cheese|
|Mashed Potatoes (no gravy in sight)|
|Roasted vegies - squash, brussel sprouts and baby carrots|
|Cornbread stuffing (or dressing, since it wasn't actually stuffed into anything) with bacon, celery and onions|
We did stick with tradition and have several desserts. I enjoyed spending the day before Thanksgiving baking a pumpkin pie, a lemon meringue pie, and a fallen chocolate souffle cake. I'm a firm believer that there should be something for everyone at Thanksgiving, and with whipped cream for pie and vanilla ice cream to balance out the chocolate, we pretty much had all the bases covered.
Big question is: what will we do next year?
|Traditional pumpkin pie|
|Lemon Meringue Pie|
|Fallen Souffle Cake (aka -- chocolate!!!)|