Friday, November 27, 2009

Thankful for ...Giblet Soup?!

Over the years, we have enjoyed inviting many friends to our Thanksgiving gatherings. However, this year, despite many invitations being given out, it was "just" our family for the Thanksgiving meal. I assured the kids that all the folks God wanted to be here would be in attendance, and we had a sweet time of togetherness, indeed. When we stop and realize that our family Thanksgivings will likely be changing dramatically over the next few years as the kids begin to make lives of their own, our remaining times together are just that much more meaningful.

A few highlights of this year's time of thankfulness:

* Most of the girls helped prepare at least one of the traditional "comfort" foods that they enjoy. Kathryn helped me with the Green Bean Casserole and Grandma with the Cornbread Dressing, and she took notes as Anna helped prepare the Sweet Potato Casserole, just like my own Mama used to make it.
* Naomi made her famous Vietnamese Spring Rolls, with Irina's help. Many of the kids named those during our meal, when asked what their favorite food on the table was!
* Irina helped me make traditional Pumpkin Pies and we also decided to whip up a Pumpkin Cheesecake, since we had all of the necessary ingredients. It ended up being one of the favorite desserts!
* Shawn helped Grandma make traditional Pecan Pies, which turned out very well.
* Vanya helped Grandma make her much loved Hashbrown Casserole.

A couple of our girls, whose names I won't mention in order to avoid potential embarrassment, continued their line of thankfulness from years past. Last Thanksgiving (I think - maybe the year before), one of them came rushing into the dining room while everyone was eating, asking the other, "Hey, ______, do you wanna' neck?" Everyone cracked up, much to her confusion, and we quickly explained the alternate meaning of what she had blurted out so loudly in front of everyone. In their native countries, eating the chicken or turkey neck was something looked forward to, so it was a once-a-year delicacy for them!

This year, much to Grandma's chagrin, they insisted on putting bowls out next to her Giblet Gravy. Although Grandma told them numerous times that gravy was meant to go on top of items such as meat and dressing, they relished the thought of eating the gravy like a soup!! Ahhhh, what does it matter, truly? If they get so much enjoyment from eating a gravy, made out of parts of the turkey which are often discarded in our culture, but considered a delicacy in their native cultures, then perhaps next year she will make a larger batch of it and give it a new name - Grandma's Giblet Soup! Sounds like a new tradition in the making to me!!

1 comment:

Ollie said...

Remind me next November to make more and put out bowls. As Sheakspeare said"Gravy by any other name-" or was it "rose" -Oh, well, you get the meaning. I remember when some of they first came, they protested when we started to throw away the fat, skin and bones. although, I've never really thrown away the bones. They end up in the freezer and appear several weeks later as soup. Last year I tried White Chili made with turkey bones and left-over bits and pieces of turkey. I never made White Chili before coming to Alabama. Now we have it periodically. But only made with turkey after Thanksgiving.