getting off easy for Thanksgiving this year. With the crowd of
in-laws and out-laws at my daughter and son-in-law’s home,
the only contributions I have been asked to bring — aside
from a promise not to make any nutritional comments — are
cranberry sauce and sweet potato casserole.
cannot be just any sweet potato casserole. According to my
daughter, it must be "Madge’s" sweet potato
casserole. Deliciously rich with butter, sugar and pecans …
and sweet potatoes, my family would never forgive me if I
tried to "adjust" this adored recipe in any way.
meals do take on special meanings, depending on how we view
this whole mixture of food and family and feelings. Many of
the people in my family, for example are what some experts
would label "live to eat" folks. Our holidays are
consumed with planning tasty meals and accompaniments and
drooling over the big turkey (the one on the table). Food —
good food — represents more than just fill material; it is
the centerpiece of our holiday.
other extreme are those whose interests revolve around
activities other than food. They eat when they are hungry —
especially when someone else is cooking — and they’re not
too picky about the meal. Eating is like brushing teeth; they
do it and then go on to other things. These folks "eat to
experts suggest we would be happier and healthier if we stayed
somewhere in the middle of "live to eat" and
"eat to live." We can and we should salivate over
all the holiday aromas and tastes. And it’s perfectly fine
to fuss over good food and share meals with others. That’s
how it’s supposed to be. We tend to fare better health-wise,
however, when we slow down to savor small bites of all the
exquisite flavors. More is not always better.
other side, if we’d rather be watching football than pulling
a meal together, we can realize that even simple meals shared
with friends and family can add more meaning to a holiday. So,
whether we a) hover around the kitchen to make sure everything
is just right or b) throw together a potluck with friends, we
still have the option to make good choices.
celebrate this day of Thanksgiving with food … lots of food,
I am thankful for the bounty with which we are blessed. But
most importantly, I am thankful for the people who will be
sharing this meal with me … Madge’s sweet potato casserole