This is Thanksgiving 2019 and the beginning of the holiday season. In reflecting on holidays, I am struck by how a media narrative has been created. It starts with the commercials and a picture perfect holiday meal with picture perfect people around the table, looking happy and all of them are attractive. I have hosted decades of Thanksgiving parties. I have shopped, chopped and cooked a lot of food. My food is tasty and no one has ever complained about the quality or quantity. I can honestly say my turkey has never looked as good as the turkey in the commercials.
I have had a series of mishaps over the years of forgetting ingredients and having to run to the store on the day of to get whatever basic ingredient was missing. For some reason, no matter how much stock I buy I always run out of stock. I think of the memory that my cooking has created for many. There will be someone who remembers their moment at my Thanksgiving celebrations.