Planning for Thanksgiving amidst a pandemic just doesn’t feel the same! We’re mourning the loss of annual traditions especially gathering and cooking in the kitchen! So here with some fantastic ideas to put the joy back into the holidays, we welcomed the Founder of “Cook the Story” and over forty cookbooks, Christine Pittman!
Even though we’re without some of our typical Thanksgiving traditions, we can still get in the kitchen and find ways to connect and have the meaningful experiences we look forward to every year.
Christine Pittman is founder of COOKtheSTORY, where 1 million monthly readers find easy and delicious recipes to fit into their busy lives. She’s also the author of over 40 cookbooks including The All New Chicken Cookbook.
Christine is here to share Three Creative ideas to lift your spirits and still connect with loved ones this Thanksgiving, plus some delicious recipes to go with them.
1) Host a virtual potluck. Have you ever noticed just talking about food spreads the love? Host a virtual potluck with family and/or friends to talk about what foods you each made and what the recipes mean to you.
Prepare a menu for each member of your family so you can each cook the same dinner and gather together online through Zoom or Facetime. Or, if that’s too much trouble (we are less than a week away after all), decide on a fun cocktail to make with each other! *Note: Here Christine will show and describe how to make her Classic Champagne Cocktail: https://thecookful.com/classic-champagne-cocktail/
2) Scale down your meal of a smaller group. Christine’s favorite way to do this is to make bite-sized versions of our favorite Thanksgiving foods. The recipe she will discuss here is her 3-ingredient Sweet Potato Bites: https://thecookful.com/sweet-potato-casserole-bites/. The best part about this recipe is you can leave them out for both appetizers AND dessert!
3) Organize a neighborhood side dish exchange: Assign each neighbor or friend a dish to make for everyone and schedule times to safely drop your dishes off at each other’s doorsteps! Christine’s favorite dish for this idea is her Individual Portion Muffin Tin Stuffing https://cookthestory.com/best-stuffing-recipe-with-tutorial/, which she will share.
4) JUST do sides! Since there is a small turkey shortage there’s a trend going around where people are opting to just do a big side dish blowout and drop the turkey all together. The reason we like this idea is because one thing Christine thinks is important to note is that we have to make sure we don’t go into this year’s Thanksgiving comparing it to all of the rest. It’s going to be different and that’s going to feel strange. Why not embrace the strangeness instead of feeling sad?