Let’s go back to the turkey feast we hosted here on Thursday. This was our first year hosting Thanksgiving as a couple in our new place. We were excited that the weather was nice (60 degrees and sunny!) since we were having everyone sit at one table in our 3 season room. Typically when I help my mom host Thanksgiving, there are an upwards of 30 guests, so 12 was a breeze. My mom is a terrific hostess, one that is organized, well planned and unfrazzled. Although I might have made fun of her for her numerous tucked away lists of food to cook and things to do, I found myself thanking her for teaching me this technique as I prepared for the BF’s family to arrive.
Now before I go any further, I will tell you that we did NOT host an entirely Paleo Thanksgiving. It would have been unfair to our guests that willingly eat grains and I am all about accommodating those who enter our home. However, we did have many Paleo options on the menu for the BF and I so that no one felt left out from a feast.
The day before Thanksgiving, my youngest sister Megan volunteered to come over and help me chop, bake and sing along to the radio in the kitchen. This is a tradition amongst us sisters (Lauren was in Georgia this year and therefore was not put to work) and so stories were shared over chopped celery, laughs exchanged over burnt pies (I ALWAYS burn my first pecan pie!) and text messages sent to our other sister reminiscing of years past.
Susie's hostess rule #1: Never try anything new on the holidays. Your guests are looking for traditional foods.