Thanksgiving has always been one of favorite holidays. Growing
up in Brooklyn, I have awesome memories of my family piling into my uncle’s
car, and then driving to my other Uncle’s house in Staten Island (which I
considered the country back then), where my aunt, along with help from other
family members, would prepare a feast fit for royalty.
cranberries, and even less traditional fare such as antipasto and lasagna,
which happen to be common Thanksgiving dishes for many Italian-Americans, at
least in my family.
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that not everyone ate a home-cooked Thanksgiving meal; some people actually
dined out, which was unfathomable to me. I guess no one wanted to endure the
marathon cooking and cleaning session that accompanied the mammoth meal. Thankfully,
I’ve come to terms with it.
Thanksgiving get-togethers know exactly what I mean. My friend Kathy—who lives
in Manhattan with her husband Sal and married into my Italian-American family from Brooklyn—fondly remembers a family
tradition starting out when she was young and is something they still carry out till this day.
tradition that everyone says what they’re thankful for at the table, and after
each thing we cheer,” Kathy recalled. “It’s nice to start new traditions and
make them your own on holidays.”
at his Staten Island home during the holidays. While Scott will let others
handle most side dishes, he advises to prepare your own bird, safeguarding
against a ‘fowl-tasting’ experience.
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Scott said. “Too often turkey I’ve had at other places has been inedible.
That’s the one part of a meal you cannot outsource!”
always hosted Thanksgiving, but will forgo a home-cooked meal this Thanksgiving
because it’s only the two of them. Instead, they’ll head to Sin City for their first Turkey Day on
the left coast.
but since its just us in Cali, why not dine?” Milo reasoned to me. “Many
restaurants will have a pre-fixe holiday menu with all the fixings. I have a
copy of the menu at the place I chose—headed to Vegas!”
family’s house in one of the outer boroughs, or heading out to eat this year, gobble up and try starting your own Turkey Day tradition. As New Yorkers, this year we’ve got an awful lot to be thankful for.