It’s October. So, obviously we have already started our list of possible recipes for Thanksgiving. I have also started creating our mix CD for our New Year’s Dance Party, but that’s a different story.
My husband and I love to cook. Admittedly, I do almost all of the cooking at this point. He leaves earlier in the morning than I do and gets home later at night, so it just makes sense. But for many years we shared the cooking pretty evenly. And I have to admit that his creations were usually more creative than mine, both in ingredients and ‘process.’
He doesn’t really believe in doing anything the normal way. If you gave him a clove of garlic and a garlic press, he would use a pizza cutter to chop the garlic and then find a mesh laundry bag and squeeze the pieces of garlic through it.
The garlic press would remain untouched. No joke.
He is basically like Alton Brown, but with an additional 5-10 steps…and a much bigger mess.
Thankfully, his meals are always incredibly inspired and delicious, so I try to overlook his techniques. And the forever charred pans.
Even though the cooking falls to me throughout the year, Thanksgiving is our time to cook together again. I love a good classic Thanksgiving meal some years but usually we throw in at least a few creative new dishes to the mix.
When we spend Thanksgiving with his family we get to help out in the kitchen, but forget about trying to make a specific recipe. My mother-in-law has a hand in every dish that leaves her kitchen. When you aren’t looking, she will add ginger to your soup, apples to your couscous or at the very least, more salt to your fish. She is an amazing cook, so you can’t really complain, but it also means there isn’t much of a point to finding new recipes to try…since you will actually end up creating a version of that recipe.
Now, when we spend Thanksgiving with my family we can have a little more control and therefore create a game plan ahead of time. My mom is a great cook also, but her focus is typically more on the table setting, flower arrangements and playlist. We have an opportunity to sneak in some exciting new recipe we want to try.
This year is our year with my family, so we are looking high and low for some fun new recipes to try out. Recipes are apparently like relationships: the best ones come along when you aren’t looking for them.
I was looking at my favorite baking website in order to drool over her latest chocolate or scone (or both!) concoction and saw this. At first I thought it was a big steak…which would also be delicious, mind you. But a potato works even better as far as adding to a Thanksgiving meal is concerned. Plus, my mom makes the most bangin’ pesto EVER…so she can play a role, too.
I will check back in after Thanksgiving to let you know what method my husband figured out to perfectly slice the potato…and the garlic.
My money is on circle saw.