To me, Thanksgiving has all the elements of a perfect holiday. Like the Fourth of July, it isn't based on any religion, so just about everybody celebrates it, and it is completely about food. Maybe you don't like fireworks, maybe parades bore you, maybe Easter passes you right by, maybe you haven't got the sweet tooth or interest in costumes to fully enjoy Halloween. Well, this here holiday is for you, along with everyone else in America.
And it comes with a pretty rigid meal plan that has withstood centuries. This week will see millions -- millions! -- of people in America sitting down to pretty much the exact same meal. Few would prepare a Thanksgiving meal without turkey, cranberries, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, and some kind of traditional pie. Benjamin Franklin even wanted the turkey to be our national bird!
For those of you looking for bread, I'll have plenty of the basic sourdoughs on hand, and they go very well with turkey. I'll also have a plain rye sandwich loaf, which is my personal favorite for great turkey sandwiches.
I should also have a few cranberry-themed desserts available, for sale as whole tarts. And some pecan cookies, as well as vanilla shortbread.
I've finally gotten that banana bread recipe working a little more reliably (it's trickier than it looks) and I am hoping to have a few of those available for those of you wanting to start the morning off right. Boy have I been making a lot of banana bread lately, trying to get the formula to work for me. I hope I don't end up taking any of those home, because I am sick of eating them.
Finally, it's not a traditional Thanksgiving dish, but many people (and Gracie, loudest of all) have complained that I have sold out of the lemon-cream tarts before they've had a chance to get one, so I will have more of those available too. You can eat them on Wednesday, so this very, very, very French tart won't spoil your fine American Thanksgiving meal.
See you on Main Street from 5-7 on Wednesday!