Thanksgiving Preparation…

Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  We go to my aunt’s for the day.  She does most of the cooking, but we all bring a side and dessert.  I’m taking green bean casserole and pumpkin pies.  I usually take sweet potato pies, but I have pumpkin in the freezer I would like to use so pumpkin pies it is.  For the green bean casserole I do use the not-at-all-healthy onion strings on top, but I do make my own replacement for the canned cream of mushroom soup.  I make a Basic White Sauce (and usually double this recipe).

My aunt does the ham, turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, rolls, do you want me to continue?  She’s amazing!  How she can cook for all of us corn-fed eaters I will never know, but she does it every year.

The cousins (that’s where I come in) are in charge of the pre-dinner beverages.  Everyone brings a bottle or two of their favorite wine to share and pass around.  It is so much fun!

This year Randy and I are taking Stone Hill Concord (a recommendation from a friend) and Red Electra (our personal favorite).  Neither are expensive wines, both are fairly sweet, and neither one will make it home Thanksgiving night.  heehee!  We aren’t big drinkers….we just have a big family!

Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday weekend!

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