Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I like it low-key and stress-free, which to me means, dinner is ready when it's ready, and the day need just unfold. I was going to keep it just us, because I know it's hard for people not to follow a plan, and I can't really fit more than 6 people around my dining room-in-my-living room table. I also didn't want to worry about a perfectly set table and decorations, or feel a need to wear anything but sweat pants all day.
Then today I decided, Screw that, and invited Pannland to join us whenever they feel like it, and the Swan's to come by for dessert. I'll probably have to eat standing up at the kitchen counter, and it's bound to be stuffy and chaotic in my tiny little house, but isn't all the togetherness also the point of the holiday? Spending time with family and friends? My favorites have always been more hodgepodge and less Martha Stewart anyway.
So, besides stuffing myself with Chex Mix and Heavenly Onions, another highlight of the weekend is when we lay around watching Home for the Holidays. I have no idea how this tradition got started, but my Mom, brother and I still die laughing every year when the cat pukes, the dad plays the organ, and Robert Downey Jr. pimps Holly Hunter in the hot rod.
Finally, I'd like to share the recipe I can't live without, and only eat one day of the year:
4 large onions (2 yellow, 2 sweet/vidalia)
4 Tbs butter
1# grated Swiss cheese
1/2 Tbs pepper
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 cup milk
3-4 tsp soy sauce
french bread - sliced and buttered
1. Saute onions. (I will do this in a large pan on the stove, but the original recipe uses the microwave at 90% power, and goes 5 times for 5 minutes – stirring in between).
2. Mix the sauteed onions and all the rest in a large bowl and pour it into a large, flat baking dish.
3. Place buttered french bread on top.
4. Bake at 350º for 30 minutes.
I seriously can't wait until tomorrow.