We like tradition in our house when it comes to Thanksgiving recipes: no turkey, thank you. We have a standing rib roast of beef. With carrot soufflé, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, homemade jellied cranberry sauce. (I’d post the recipe, but the photos weren’t worth it. If you’d like the recipe anyway, let me know, I’ll email it to you. It tastes delicious and is low on the sugar scale with only cranberries, apple cider, honey and low-sugar pectin as ingredients.)
The newest member to the celebration is future son-in-law, Michael. I asked him if he’d miss the turkey, and he said that he and parents had long ago given turkey the boot at Christmas, and had never looked back, so we’re batting a thousand a this point. Although I do miss roast turkey thigh. When Thanksgiving was at my parents’ house, I never had to compete for the dark meat. Give me the thigh any day. And around here, I haven’t found this cut available the markets where I shop. I’ll try again this week, though, because I’ll make it for supper for Harris and myself one night if I can find it.
So I thought I’d cruise the paleo and paleo-friendly blogs for some alternative Thanksgiving recipes to post. It’s my first round-up. There’s a recipe for a turkey dinner for two. Who says you have to have a crowd? One is for a green bean dish that’s not a casserole. I’m making a paleo-esque version of the old standby for our Thanksgiving dinner, but I haven’t come up with the recipe yet—I’ll do that when I’m set to make it. If it’s good, I’ll post it later in the year. Then there’s a pumpkin dessert. Gotta have that, right? And a recipe for leftover turkey.
For music, there’s some new Adele, a nod to the recently-departed Alan Toussaint, and some other tunes I hope you enjoy. As you pause to give thanks, remember the beloved people who’ve passed and cannot share your meal. Look around the table at the shining, wonderful faces you love. Raise a glass to those who are far away. Be grateful, and may your hearts be full.