Next week I’ll be celebrating American Thanksgiving in Illinois with Joe’s family for the first time. Admittedly the above image is a little more “Christmas” than “turkey + stuffing”, but the sentiment is the same: gathering around a big table, feeling grateful for family and food.
Besides, Thanksgiving has already come and gone for my Canadian readers, so this can be a little holiday spirit in advance for you guys.
I’m the only vegetarian/pescatarian in the family, and Joe’s mom Sue is always super sweet about making sure there are lots of veggie options when we visit. Yesterday she emailed to ask if I had any suggestions for an extra side dish at Thanksgiving.
There was a time, a few years back, when the only side dish I knew how to make was my stepmom’s lemon and garlic roasted potatoes. They are crazy good, so back then I didn’t really mind not having other options in my repertoire. That was when I still worked in the restaurant industry, eating most of my dinners pre-shift, sitting at the bar at Il Terrazzo.
Times have changed. My meals are no longer cooked for me by a restaurant chef, and I have discovered cookbooks and food blogs. (I am useless without a recipe.) This is not to say I am now in any way great in the kitchen, only that I at least actually do things in the kitchen besides making coffee or grabbing a fork to dig into my Thai takeout.
There’s one food blog in particular I keep turning to… Continue reading