I serve a very traditional Thanksgiving dinner. I've learned that when I try to get creative....the
"holiday wolves" get upset and just want the good ole fashion regular items. So, I keep it simple, traditional, homemade and everyone is happy.
Turkey. There always seems to be a lot of fuss over the bird. Not in my house. It is what it is...a turkey. It's not a wonderful delicious piece of meat or else we'd be eating it more than twice a year :) But it feeds a lot of people and makes the house smell amazing. I have learned to pay for the extra money and buy a fresh turkey. The meat is much more tender and flavorful. I clean it out, slather some butter, salt and pepper over it, tent it with some foil for a couple of hours and then brown it and pop it out. No complaints over here.
Cranberry sauce. I'm going to try fresh cranberries this year. A recipe might be coming your way...
Fresh mashed potatoes. I use regular russet potatoes with butter, salt, half and half and whip'em up. I've tried the gold potatoes and no one seems to like em.
Pie. I make a sweet potato pie and a pumpkin apple pie.
And, fresh whipped cream. I don't get the cool whip thing....other than it's easy. There isn't anything better than fresh whipped cream. Put it in your after dinner coffee too!