Family Coming

This Thanksgiving, I have the pleasure of hosting my family’s Thanksgiving dinner. My sister and brother-in-law come from Maine, and my mother arrives from Florida. They join my husband, daughter and me in Denver. Or, to put this audience into eating categories, we have an omnivore, a carnivore, two pescatarians, and two vegetarians coming to Thanksgiving dinner. It’s enough to make my head explode.

The Menu

We’ll have a traditional Thanksgiving meal, but one that everyone will be able to enjoy it despite their eating choices. I even plan to have different cooks make their meals so that everyone’s concerns are met. Here’s how we’ll do it.

The carnivore and omnivore will make the turkey. They’ll make it stuffing free and juice it up anyway they like.

The vegetarians will cook the tofurky, the potatoes, the green beans, the gravy and the cranberries.

The pescatarians will cook the stuffing, and instead of using sausage, they’ll use oysters. We’ll ask the pescatarians to put aside a few servings for the vegetarians before they add the oysters.

The daughter will bake the two pies; triple-layer pumpkin and pecan.

Walking Keeps Us Sane

In between rounds in the kitchen, everyone will enjoy the beautiful Denver weather and go for walks, watch football, play games, and have a sense of humor. With fingers crossed, all the food will be ready at the same time, the table will grace us beautifully, and the omnivores, carnivores, vegetarians and pescatarians will give gratitude for the freedom we have to make these food choices and share them with each other.

Wish us luck.