Things I Learned This Thanksgiving:
1. As I had mostly expected, and sincerely hoped, my family and my husband’s family are able to eat, chat and laugh together companionably for 5 hours. Lovely!
2. I need more serving forks.
3. I didn’t need to start the ham two days ahead. Next time I make it, I can marinate it in the fridge the day before Thanksgiving, make the glaze the night before, prep it to go in the morning, and leave my extremely early-rising husband directions on preheating the stove and sticking in to cook the morning of. The ham was tasty this year, but I think it would be even better this way. . . not to mention easier.
4. Next year, the skins will stay on the potatoes. It’s more nutritious anyway. Or I am buying a fabulous new paring knife.
5. Real whipped cream is always better than Cool Whip. I knew this, actually, but it was really brought home when real whipped cream with a touch of cinnamon elevated my every-day apple crisp to warm, melting delectability.
6. Put the most adventurous cat upstairs before I start taking food out to the sideboard.Not as she starts investigating the turkey.
7. A sideboard and proper dining room table makes my dining room look so much better, and make entertaining comfortable. And now I can store my silver, china and specialty stemware in it, to free up needed kitchen cabinet space. Ease of access = happier, less frazzles hostess.
8. Don’t open up your grandmother’s silver box the morning of a holiday and expect to find the silverware ready to go. . . even in a supposedly tarnish-proof box. More