Thanksgiving, like almost everything else this crazy year, will be different. We won’t be traveling to visit family or hosting reunions of our scattered friends. And while we might miss the annual feast and the comfort of the traditional gathering, there might be a bright side. You won’t have to endure that annoying uncle this year or clean your house from top to bottom to satisfy that judgmental cousin. The inside-the-bubble guest list means the Thanksgiving meal will be smaller, and you can eat whatever you want.
THANKSGIVING MEAL KITS
We’re offering two different approaches for your late November table. They’re designed for smaller groups, but can be easily scaled up or down depending on the size of your safe-distance table.
We’ve put together kits for both of these meals, complete with the pantry items, recipes, and shopping lists you’ll need to make everything. Ready to order as a whole meal or each dish a la carte.
SORT-OF-TRADITIONAL THANKSGIVING MEAL KIT
If you crave the comfort of tradition, Jim’s braised turkey thighs, gravy, bread stuffing, olive oil mashed potatoes with celeriac, and an improved green bean “casserole” provide the familiar flavors of a classic American Thanksgiving.
NOLA THANKSGIVING MEAL KIT
Jim and Judith have family in New Orleans, where Thanksgiving starts with a visit to opening day at the horse races. Since they can’t spend time together this year, Jim put together a meal of Louisiana-inspired food even his Crescent City grandsons would love.
The RGF Thanksgiving meal kits are available for order now, but don’t wait too long. If we’re shipping your order, it must be in by Monday, November 16; expect delivery about November 24-25. If you live here in Portland, we need your order by Monday, November 23 for delivery or pick up on the 24th or 25th.
Pumpkin pie remains the north star of Thanksgiving desserts, and while we could post a recipe and describe the painstaking process (I don’t know where the saying easy as pie even came from) just do what we do and order the best pie in Portland from Lauretta Jean’s.