I’m always looking for new recipes for holidays. With ‘his’ kids and ‘her’ kids, I don’t want to only make dishes that my kids have had for every holiday since they were little; getting info and recipes from Mr. VampBard’s kids isn’t always easy. So… I try to do new and different things.
Our first Thanksgiving living together, each of the kids picked a favorite dish. I did give them category parameters, however (or we would have had a LOT of dessert, I’m sure!). They chose a dish – something they liked – and they helped make it. Granted, our kids are (currently) 11, 12, 15, 16, 18 & 19 (and this was 3 years ago), so it’s a little easier to have them help in the kitchen. I’ve thought about continuing this tradition, only spreading it out over the weekend. Assigning each of the kids a meal over the long weekend; I shop, they cook (with help, if necessary). I think it teaches them how difficult making some of their favorite dishes can be, and I think they have a larger appreciation for the effort it takes to make lasagna or the chili with the chocolate chips…
Help me out… What are some of your favorite dishes/recipes for Thanksgiving? The special ones that are only pulled out this time of year? Do you have favorite memories associated with these dishes? Any non-traditional things you tend to make every year?