Preparing for Turkey

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I think I am an anomoly.

I love, love, love turkey.

But I don’t like stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, or candied yams — four of the side dishes that seem to make their way to every Thanksgiving table I’ve dined at since birth .

(OK, save for our honeymoon in Puerto Rico when we opted for chi-chi Italian on Thanksgiving night!)

This is nothing new; as a kid, I loaded my plate up with rolls, turkey, cranberry sauce, and veggies.

And today, I still do (though now it’s wheat rolls and homemade cranberry sauce with orange zest!)

What always ruined my othewise-healthy Thanksgiving meal as a child and teenager was the appetizers and snacks my nana or mom always put out … and the desserts, of which I never ate less than two.

Today, I will prepare for the holidays with caution and care … not the careless abandon I had as a child, but also not the restrictiveness I’ve done in the past (which only backfired with midnight eating or noshing all day). Continue reading “Preparing for Turkey”

Hating on Buffets

Hello, food!
Hello, food!
I love to eat. And I love variety.

As a little girl, some of my favorite family memories are of buffets we’d go to on vacation. While visiting relatives down south, we’d always stop at Shoney’s … the Holy Grail of quick, economical road eats.

For my parents, it was easy: all three nagging kids could get what they wanted, and without the fuss of a sit-down restaurant.

As we got older, we’d go to buffet brunches at nice restaurants or hotels on holidays or special occassions. I’d usually stuff myself senseless, going up for seconds, thirds … (why not?) as we’d languish around the table.

In college, our dining hall was catered by Marriott, various food stations and … all you can eat. And ate I did.

So it’s ironic that I now loathe the mere thought of a buffet. Continue reading “Hating on Buffets”

“Point-worthi-ness”

I love that episode of Seinfeld when Elaine is pondering if a certain guy is “sponge-worthy.”

In case you’re not hip to that storyline, she was, shall we say, hesitant to use her stock of soon-to-be-off-the-market birth control on guys that she wasn’t sure deserved her, um, goods.

And like Elaine, I’ve come to learn, over the years, which foods simply are and aren’t “point-worthy” for me. Which foods are worth spending “money” on.

Fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean proteins, fat-free dairy, healthy fats … those healthy choices are a huge percentage of my diet (in the literal sense of the word) and clearly always “point-worthy.”

But in my opinion, so is a couple bites of cheesecake. Continue reading ““Point-worthi-ness””