My day started off with a Crossfit workout, and it was followed by a Bloody Mary my husband fixed. I’m not a fan of Bloody Mary’s, but I do like all of the vegetables, so I ate them and drank very little. Math is an area of weakness, and since today is Thanksgiving, a day in which the cooking process requires specific calculations, I figured I’d play it safe and hydrate with H2O.
I grew up in Miami, FL, which is technically an extension of Latin America, so my Thanksgiving celebration was very non-traditional. In lieu of Turkey, we had chicken. Sides consisted of rice, beans, plantains, and salad marinated with lime and salt. There were no mashed potatoes, or gravy. In fact, the only time we ever ate mashed potatoes with gravy was when we ate at KFC. For the first couple of years we lived in the United States, we had no idea what gravy was. We’d go to KFC and the gravy would come with the mashed potatoes. My family could never figure out how Americans could palate such “thick soup.” Our ignorance was brought into enlightenment when a friend of ours told us gravy was not soup, rather, a “sauce” that was poured over the mashed potatoes. Once we discovered said culinary combo, we were hooked. I also never knew what “stuffing” was until I joined the Marine Corps, where among many things, was introduced to pumpkin pie.
This year, we as family stayed home and decided to do all of the cooking. My daughter made the stuffing, my husband made the pies (he’s such an awesome man), and I made the mashed potatoes along with the gravy. It was A LOT of work, but I’m very proud of the fact we spent time together making memories as a family. I’m so thankful for my family, my health, the fact we have an abundance of food, and our health. Happy Thanksgiving!
Do you celebrate Thanksgiving? How do you celebrate Thanksgiving?