Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

In light of my earlier blog entry on religious matters, and in consultation with my good friends Scott and Matt, and then while watching the Obama vegetarian state dinner (quel horreur! how UnAmerican two days before Thanksgiving, say the Republicans!!), the following epiphany came to me.

I always struggle with what to serve the day before or the day after a HUGE "traditional" feast like Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter. I don't even mean it to be penitential, I just can't imagine eating more meat and grease in the days surrounding that triptophane coma, feeding frenzy. I want something light, and preferably spicy (since American holiday foods are salty, but not usually spiced too much - except, ironically, the pumpkin pie). My good friend Bill tried to sell me on posole, but as much as I like Mexican food, it just wasn't working for me. Too much like grits (and I have lots of friends trying to sell me on those, too). I think I'd serve waffles, but the kids hate them (I know, weird kids). I think one year before the kids were born, I did shrimp creole, but again, they don't like that. Then, as I saw all those people at the White House, it came to me: chicken curry. Maybe green. Spicy. Lots of celery and carrots. It's gonna be good. (And all their food aversions aside, the kids love curry.)

Happy Thanksgiving, to all those immigrants - uptight Puritans in the 17th and 18th centuries, papists and beer-swilling Germans like my great-grandparents at the end of the 19th, and now all those Hindus, Buddhists, and Muslims. Welcome!


Blogger Beth said...

One year, not too long ago, I went out with some of my relatives on Thanksgiving and we had a wonderful Indian dinner. Indian cuisine is our family's go-to celebration food, whatever the occasion. This year, however, we will be doing the turkey thing. THEN we'll have curry.

12:10 AM  
Blogger KPaffenroth said...

Yeah, the wife and kids are actually the ones who love Indian curry. I far prefer Thai curry, so I might make it that way tomorrow!

12:22 AM  
Blogger Scott said...

The day(s) before T-Day here are traditionally Eat Up All The Other Leftovers To Make Room For More Incoming. Today, that means pizza and, coincidentally, posole!

A couple years ago my wife started our own tradition of making mole sauce to go with our T-Bird - yum!

Happy Thanksgiving Kim, and everyone else!

6:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We had chicken curry last night, and Tim's in there cooking homemade pot-stickers right now. The days after the bird, though, will be leftoverpalooza. He always buys about the biggest turkey he can find. I think he'd cram an ostrich in there if we had a big enough oven.

-- C.

10:38 PM  

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