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Thanksgiving for Two

Update 11/16/16 — We are spending Thanksgiving in New York City. One of the other interns (we are 4) invited two of us plus our husbands to spend Thanksgiving with her and her family in NYC since we are alone here in New England. The other intern currently lives with her husband in Rhode Island (and commutes to CT every day) and their families are in Louisiana and Alabama. For our case, our families are back in Puerto Rico and Florida. Though hubby and I were looking forward to our first Thanksgiving just us two, we are ecstatic to get to go to NYC and spend it with friends who are quickly becoming more like family. So on Thanksgiving day we are driving down to New Haven and taking the train in to the city and heading back that same day because November 25th at 12:00am I’ll be refreshing my Netflix account to watch the Gilmore girls revival. I am OBSESSED with Gilmore girls in case you didn’t know.

What are your plans?

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I am one of those people that starts celebrating Christmas the day after Halloween. Actually, I decorated yesterday November 5th. I also listen to Christmas music year-round as a stress relieving coping skill. However, as much as I would like to fast forward, I appreciate Thanksgiving and have many fond memories of big dinners growing up. Given that this is our first Thanksgiving as a married couple, living far from our families, we are having a simple Thanksgiving for two.

All of my life there have been three big traditions that take place on Thanksgiving, which I’m sure many of you share. We must have turkey, we must watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade from start to finish and we must have coffee and toasts for breakfast…because you know, you want to go light. Per hubby, his only tradition is TURKEY!

Deciding on a menu hasn’t been easy. We both grew up in Puerto Rico (myself with a Cuban family) so our Thanksgivings consisted of turkey, pork (pernil), rice with beans, rice with pigeon peas (arroz con gandules), and picadillo stuffing. However, my dad lived in New Jersey for many years, my mother in Florida (where I also lived on-and-off throughout my childhood) and both of my in-laws in New York so we also have some American traditions like homemade cranberry jam, mashed potatoes and gravy, cornbread stuffing, sautéed green beans and pumpkin pie.

WHAT TO DO???

We are going to Puerto Rico for Christmas and know we will have lots of Puerto Rican and Cuban food to last for days, and I’m pretty good about making Latin food at least twice a month (rice, beans, chicken with onions and sweet plantains) so we are going American, which is appropriate considering we’re in Connecticut.

Here is the menu plan, the game plan and a few other thoughts.

THE GAME PLAN/NEW TRADITION

  • Make the pumpkin pie the day before.
  • Get up early to make cranberry jam.
  • Stream Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade (we don’t have cable).
  • Have a light breakfast.
  • FaceTime our families.
  • We love TV shows in this household and one of our shared TV loves (there aren’t that many trust me) is FRIENDS so we are watching every FRIENDS Thanksgiving day episode plus (for me) Gilmore girls’ Deep Fried Korean Thanksgiving episode.

THE MENU

  • Roasted Turkey 
    • We are undecided if we’re buying one or making one. More on that to come, but turkey will be eaten.
    • If we make it, we’re using this recipe.
  • Crockpot Garlic mashed potatoes
  • Homemade cranberry-orange jam
    • This recipe has been my go-to for the last 3-4 years, it never fails and hubby absolutely adores it.
  • Semi-Homemade pumpkin pie
    • Trying this simple recipe; no cinnamon, subbing for vanilla.
  • Pillsbury Crescent rolls 
  • Sautéed green beans or asparagus (we’ll decide when we go to the supermarket).
    • No specific recipe just sauté in EVOO, add garlic, slivered almonds, salt and pepper.

I know you don’t see gravy or stuffing on the menu. We’re not gravy fans and we don’t have oven space to make stuffing so we’re doing without this year.

I’m sure we will encounter some hiccups that day but at least it’s just the two of us and we don’t mind eating leftovers so it’ll be great to have turkey sandwiches the next day.

What are some of your Thanksgiving traditions? Ever make Thanksgiving for two?

Love,

Ana

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