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!