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I Don’t Succumb to Pinterest When It Comes to Planning Thanksgiving Dinner

I was recently chatting with a group of friends about how we love Thanksgiving food. One of the friends was Gaby, a fellow food blogger. Unlike the rest of us, Gaby was saying how by the time Thanksgiving rolls around each year, she gets so sick of turkey all she wants to eat on Thanksgiving is Mexican food! For a split second I couldn’t figure out what she was talking about. Why was she sick of turkey before Thanksgiving even arrived? I was honestly perplexed. Then it hit me. She’s a food blogger, which means she is faithfully preparing and sharing all kinds of Thanksgiving recipes in the weeks and even months leading up to Thanksgiving. Because that’s how the world works. That’s what content creators need to do to keep recipes fresh and readers interested.

traditional thanksgiving feast with family

You would think because I’m a food blogger, I’d be in the same boat as Gaby, but I have a confession to make: I don’t plan our Thanksgiving feast until a few days before Thanksgiving, and I plan the same food every year. As for my food blog, I generally just share my old Thanksgiving recipes each year and don’t bother with fancy new recipes. Our family just really loves our traditional Thanksgiving menu, so that’s what I stick with!

Not that there is anything wrong with exciting and new Thanksgiving recipes! I love the people who seek out inspiration in the pages of magazines and images on Pinterest. Really, I think it’s impressive that they love being adventurous in the kitchen for the holidays. But I am most definitely not one of those people, nor will I ever be. And, as a result, by the time Thanksgiving rolls around, I can’t WAIT to eat some good old-fashioned turkey!

So, in the months leading up to Thanksgiving, I ignore the magazine articles and I never search for Thanksgiving recipes on Pinterest. And our Thanksgiving menu pretty much looks the same every year, a nice solid mix of Thanksgiving classics that Nate and I both loved growing up. Some years we think about adding something new, but we’re never willing to give up one of the old recipes to make room on the menu. And so the old stand-by recipes continue to take center stage. And I continue to not think about Thanksgiving until the holiday actually arrives.

Besides, the holidays are stressful enough as it is, I don’t need to shake things up with fancy-dancy recipes! Let’s say I do find a new recipe that I want to try for Thanksgiving. I have one of two options. First, I can make the recipe ahead of time to ensure it is doable and tastes good. Honestly, I just don’t have time during the holidays to be testing recipes, so that is out. The second option is to wait and give the recipe a try on Thanksgiving Day, adding a another level of stress since I have no idea how easy or hard the recipe will be or if it will even come out. Seriously, the last thing I need on Thanksgiving is a rock solid submission for Pinterest Fail! When it comes to my Thanksgiving menu, I figure if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

after the thanksgiving feast

I remember my mom saying that when she was a kid you could only buy turkeys during the holidays, so it was always a very special treat, something to really look forward to and savor. That comment has always stayed with me and so I try to live like it’s the ‘50s and ‘60s. I don’t give turkeys a second glance at the market unless it’s late November. We make homemade white rolls. Our mashed potatoes are simply mixed with cream, butter, salt and pepper. There are copious amounts of gravy. We mix up my great-grandmother’s recipe for cranberry slush year after year and only drink it at Thanksgiving. And we love every last bite with all of our hearts.

Read more from Jane at This Week for Dinner, Kitchen Tunage and The Spoiler Alert. For more updates, follow Jane on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!

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