The best Thanksgiving meals are ones where everyone brings their favorite dishes or contributions. A grand feast created by friends and family, coordinated by the host and Chief Turkey Chef, that is what tends to work well in my circle of grateful celebrants. I can’t wait!
I say that with a little guilt right now, though, because I just talked with my host and ended up not having to cook a thing this year. I’ll contribute, to be sure, but I won’t be cooking.
I can, and have, cooked the whole meal before, and have delicious recipes for orange cranberry sauce, turkey brine and southern sweet potato casserole at the ready without even so much as clicking on Pinterest. My mac and cheese is a work of comfort food art. I make a chocolate Bourbon pecan pie that will make you weep and run out to dismantle the Mayflower for kindling to feed the firepit so you can sing songs to America all night long.
But I’m not into cooking right now. I’m just not, and everything I’ve made lately has fallen flat. So what do you bring to a holiday potluck when you don’t want to cook?
Fortunately I have a lot of options in my no-bake cornucopia. One quick email to the host and I have a great shopping list that will fully support our shared meal without me needing to preheat the oven or transport steaming dishes. Talk about thankful. Here are some of the ideas we talked about:
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What about you? Are you looking for ways to support your turkey-basting, pie-baking friends and loved ones with Thanksgiving contributions from a non-cook? Here’s one thing for certain. I will be the most appreciative and thankful diner, generously praising the delicious contributions of those who did carefully select and prepare Thanksgiving recipes. And come Christmas, I’ll be the one brining that bird, I promise.