This year, Dine Girl is not in charge of cooking the Thanksgiving feast. We are committed to spending the day separately – one of us in Tokyo and the other in the glamorous state of New Jersey. It’s an odd feeling not to have to fret over menu planning and the Whole Foods madness, but it’s also nice to have a moment to look back on some of the feasts we have pulled off in the years past.
Last year on the East Coast, we braved a blizzard and power outage in the Berkshires (restored just in time) and prepared two beastly sized meats: rolled stuffed pork loin, and a classic herb roasted turkey breast. The pork was a compromise solution since our friends were not hugely keen on a “boring” turkey (but we couldn’t not have turkey – this would be unAmerican!), so we of course, made both.
Juicy, flavorful and unique, the pork was amazing. Everyone was raving about it! The recipe itself was a combination of our own ideas and some detailed research. Our sides included the requisite cornbread stuffing, buttery mashed potatoes, and glazed carrots etc… For dessert, pumpkin pie and apple crumble.
Reflecting back, the pork was a reminder that sometimes adding an unexpected dish to your traditional menu can create new memorable traditions for family and friends. Which, after all, isn’t that what Thanksgiving is all about?