We asked our 77-year-old Dad to describe a typical Cole Family of Irving Thanksgiving meal. He rattled off 13 items within 60 seconds.
One for now and another for turkey sandwiches for the “big game” later.
Mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn bread dressing, rolls, peas (not enough vitamins to be a real veggie)?
A big ladle with bowls on every table.
Two vegetable-starch casseroles:
Broccoli-rice-cheese and, yes, that ever-popular green-bean-mushroom-soup concoction with fried onion strings on top.
“If you don’t include the Brothers,” he said wryly, “Waldorf salad and cranberry sauce (available with and without skins).”
Pie including pecan, chocolate, pumpkin, and often apple.
He has difficulty remembering some things — like taking his meds, coming up with the words to complete his daily crossword puzzles, or quoting who said what to whom. But the Thanksgiving dinner is still a no-brainer for Dad — mostly because it was a favorite of our Mom’s, whom we miss dearly.
What’s your typical Thanksgiving meal?
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
The Cole Brothers: George, David, Mike, and Darrell