Thanksgiving. Just the word warms the cockles (whatever those are). Our Vietnamese family didn’t celebrate it much growing up, but when we did it was usually with random Vietnamese dishes, typically seafood. While schoolmates went on and on about their turkey, cranberry, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits, I quietly wondered if the Pilgrims ever ate chow mein on Thanksgiving night.
With that backdrop, you can only imagine how excited I was when I first got the chance to celebrate my very own Thanksgiving. Especially since The Wife and I have been together it’s been something I look forward to each year. Whether we celebrate at my place or one of my brothers, we do it up for reals: turkey, cranberry chutney, homemade biscuits, sweet potatoes, green beans, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pan gravy, pumpkin pie and apple pie. This year we had Wifey’s entire family over to my place so I had the privilege of making an herb brined roast turkey and gravy. The Mrs. made her prized cranberry chutney and everyone else brought sides. A memorable meal was had by all. I’ll be sharing recipes over the next few weeks so y’all can file it away perhaps for a future Turkey Day. Until then, here’s a pictorial retrospective of the night. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!