The Thanksgiving problem

by Jon Sullivan - 2020-10-12

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Why during the Black Death in Europe did everyone wander from town to town spreading the plague? Same reason we're all going to on Thanksgiving.

I'm headed back to Montana this year for a Thanksgiving event at my sister's. We did that last year and it was much fun. Obviously the Trump Virus is a problem. And Montana has one of the highest new infection rates on the planet. But as Dear Leader tells us, it is what it is, and we should not let it bother us.

Obviously I'm being sarcastic. We'll take precautions.

But the challenge at this point is the menu. As is my way, I'll come up with a big list of options, try some test recipes, then we'll settle on a final menu, some of which we won't even get to since it will be too much food.

Here's the preliminary test menu I'll be working through. It will likely change quite a bit, but you have to start somewhere. For anyone attending, please let Sharon or myself know about food preferences or things to avoid.

Blue cheese and peach chutney beef sliders
Blackened halibut with tomatillo salsa and black garlic butter
Charred avocado and shrimp cobb salad
A scallop dish
Blueberry vinaigrette steak salad
Smoked salmon mac & cheese
Turkey and poblano tamales
Watermelon tuna ceviche
Crispy chicken wings with cranberry BBQ sauce
Teriyaki steak skewers with three sauces
Herbed fresh pasta with seafood meatballs
Pumpkin nachos with chili chocolate mole
Chicken and waffles with hot honey and rum whipped cream

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