When my children were small and we gathered at Madame Mere's for a mid day meal straight out of Gourmet magazine, I had a hard time making them understand that what they considered (a yucky) lunch was it for the rest of the day. My son Ted was the worst. He did not like anything in this menu and would not budge in spite of the fact that I would remind him that this was lunch AND dinner so he'd better eat up. All the way home he would cry, demanding his usual dinner and yelling but that was lunch, not dinner. We still laugh about it and I am sure we will again this year when he and his family come to my house for our first Thanksgiving together. I can't wait.
Armed with experience from all those years, I have decided to pick some of the things I think the children, as well as the adults, will enjoy. No reason to sacrifice one group for the other. Everyone eats turkey, so the bird is safe. And if they won't eat my Madeira Sauce, no harm done. There is plenty more to choose from.
I have chosen to serve the French Green Bean Casserole with French fried onion rings instead of my favorite Creamed Onions. And instead of a fancy potato or sweet potato gratin, we will have sweet potato puree with marshmallows, the big ones! I wonder if they would like them served in orange cups? And then there's the stuffing which no kid will eat. But I have a solution...
Shape into small balls, the smaller the better. Place them in a small cookie sheet, brush them with butter and cook next to the dressing at 375 degrees until browned. Remember, they will take much less than the dressing to cook. If you are stuffing the turkey, proceed as above and cook for about 20 minutes. It all depends on how large they are.
You can make them even more enticing by putting a small amount of cranberry sauce on top. Anything to make them pop these babies into their mouths!
If that doesn't fly, this definitely will!
and....My French Green Bean Casserole!
How am I doing so far?
The biggest compromise for me will be dessert. Nothing has ever stood between me and a Pumpkin Pie and a Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie , one of the most popular recipes of the blog. Nothing. I always offered to bring the pies just to make sure they made their appearance, just as I liked them. But grandchildren work in strange ways . The Sous Chef is right, I am getting old and softie. Since it's just the six of us and my daughter doesn't like sweets, I want to make only one dessert. Fortunately she loves cheesecake and has volunteered to make a pumpkin cheese cake with a ginger snap cookie crust. It's called compromise and the older I get, the more I like this word. The little ones might not like this either so I will buy some of those pumpkin and turkey shaped cookies they have at Publix to be on the safe side. Luckily they are not gourmets yet and won't know the difference between home made and store bought. But not for long. One day they will know the difference, if it's the last thing I do.
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