We've had about 25 people over ever year since I-don't-know-when. Relatives, friends, friends' parents, boyfriends, girlfriends, 'work or dorm orphans,' everyone is welcome, even on short or no-notice. Even though it'll be raining and we're 2,500 miles from the Hawaii, we always aim for a casual party that feels like a day at the beach. Everyone pitches in to clean, cook, and of course, eat and chat. Here's what we're having.
Turkey. Picking up a fresh 25-pound turkey from Whole Foods. We've done a salted version as well as a traditional brine. We're switching up the brine so we'll see how the relatives vote. Brining starts on Tuesday.
Ham. One of my calabash Aunties brings a ham because she doesn't like turkey.
Honey-walnut prawns from cousin #1 in San Francisco because they live close to Chinatown.
Chinese chicken salad and a TBD hot vegetable, from cousin #2
Portuguese sausage stuffing and Cornbread stuffing. Making Cornbread on Monday.
Make ahead mushroom (+ onion) gravy
Fresh cranberry sauce
Mashed potatoes. This is my children's responsibility. Yukon golds for this.
Candied sweet potatoes, my Aunty's specialty
Chinese noodles, also from cousin #1 in San Francisco
Rice because this is, after all, a Hawaii house!
Spinach/artichoke dip and TBD appetizers, also from cousin #2
Spam musubi, made by my daughter
Furikake check mix, made by my son
Maybe guacamole and/or hummus
Inari-sushi, another of my Aunty's speciality
Sashimi from cousin #2
My Daddy's Ogo, making this today (Sunday)
Fresh persimmons, pears and grapes and probably some cheese/crackers
2 pumpkin pies: full-fat and skinny-version from cousin #3
Mini-pumpkin muffins, also from cousin #3
Pecan pie, from husband, with a shout-out to a friend who does this with macadamia nuts instead for Thanksgiving!
TBD dessert, from cousin #2
Sugar-free dessert, from my friend's Dad and Aunty
Thank you for supporting Feeding My Ohana. I've met so many great people along the way. Wishing you and your ohana a Happy Thanksgiving.
Eat Well. Be Well. Give Thanks.