I decided, with my newly formed domesticated self, that Chenny and I should host a Thanksgiving Extravaganza. Or as I like to call it “A very merry Ithaca Thanksgiving – The fake Thanksgiving we learned in Kindergarten.” Aside – I recently learned that Native American aid to the Pilgrims – Squanto – was in fact taken as a slave by the British, seen as a traitor to his people, and basically was hated by all in the end just for trying to help the Pilgrims survive. Therefore, I figured remembering the Kindergarten version of Thanksgiving was the better way to go…and host a moderate Thanksgiving party. One tiny, small issue–neither Chenny or I have ever attempted to cook a Turkey before, or much of any other Thanksgiving type foods. Step 1) Go to Wegmans and pick up a Turkey:
Step 2) Call mom about 5 times asking for advice,
Step 3) Rack up a $100 grocery bill b/c we want to provide a somewhat classy meal for 15 people,
Step 4) Determine things to cook other than Turkey,
Step 5) Find an awesome recipe for homemade stuffing,
Step 6) Roast 5 million chestnuts for your amazing stuffing recipe,
Step 7) Cut your finger open to cause eternal bleeding while peeling off the shells of the 5 million chestnuts,
Step 8 ) Determine how to fit 15 guests in your small apartment living room,
Step 9) Convince your guests to bring drinks or an appetizer,
Step 10) Create a “kick-ass” construction paper centerpiece.
And there you have your Thanksgiving Extravaganza.
Another post to come on how this all plays out…