Did you know that the average American consumes more than 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving?


That’s according to the CCC and I would have to admit that most Thanksgivings I probably tuck in that much, easily. But this year, due in large part to this project, I paced myself and am quite proud to report I didn’t gorge myself.

Here’s a shot from my family’s Thanksgiving celebration. Thanksgiving for my family is pretty much an all-day feast. As the matriarch of a large Catholic clan, my grandma is old school, priding herself in being able to feed a small army.

The holiday is not complete without a 25 pound home-grown turkey (which my aunt feeds whiskey for a week before the holiday – an old farm trick that makes the meat super tender). In addition to the drunk turkey there’s stuffing, dressing (which are different I’m told), a whole ham, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, green bean casserole, onion and shallot parmesan bake and three kinds of salad for the main course.

That doesn’t include the hour and a half of pre-meal hor devours AND the post meal smorgasbord of pies, pastries and tarts.

But I am proud of myself this year.

Before the meal I ate mostly from the veggie plate. During the main course I only had one helping and afterward just one piece of pie. I didn’t feel uncomfortable after the meal and didn’t need the customary “turkey-coma” nap to recover.

All-in-all a successful Thanksgiving, all told.

And of course the best part was seeing my awesome family, for which I am truly thankful…

I hope all of you had a great Thanksgiving too!



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