Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Like many families, we are having a smaller gathering this year due to the pandemic guidelines with just our immediate family. We have had to make some changes in size but not in spirit. We are cooking up a feast and enjoying our holiday together. I ran a column this morning on my take on the Pilgrims in light of recent criticism of the holiday.
We will be continuing our tradition of the Turley Turkey Bowl — running over 50 years of unbroken tradition. Unfortunately, rather than have our usual neighborhood friends and a collective feast after the game, we will have to carry on with just the six of us. That makes sense since the Chicago Bears lack an offensive line anyway. The McLean Bears are expected to whomp the McLean Redskins again this year.
I am doing my usual two turkeys with one already smoking on the grill and the other will be cooked in the kitchen. It is always fun to see the difference in the two birds. The smoked turkey looks like I dragged it behind my car while the kitchen turkey looks picture perfect. However, it is the smoked turkey that does first and fast. I am making my cornbread and sausage stuffing as well as Waldorf salad. Leslie has made pumpkin pies using sugar pumpkins.
I know this holiday is tough but so are we. So have a great Thanksgiving as we celebrate what we have that is most precious in our families and our friends.