We’re Going To Need A Lot Of Booze

Burt Likko

Pseudonymous Portlander. Homebrewer. Atheist. Recovering Republican. Recovering Catholic. Recovering divorcé. Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Ordinary Times. Relapsed Lawyer, admitted to practice law (under his real name) in California and Oregon. On Twitter, to his frequent regret, at @burtlikko. House Likko's Words: Scite Verum. Colite Iusticia. Vivere Con Gaudium.

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  1. Michael Cain says:

    Thanks, Burt. I chuckled all the way through this.

    Just the wife and I this year. A locally-smoked ham, roasted potatoes (white and sweet), steamed corn because it’s the wife’s favorite vegetable. In the evening, since it’s just us.

    My son is going to a Thanksgiving gathering of young mostly-single climatologists and meteorologists from the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder. I’ll have to remember to ask him what it was like.Report

  2. Don Zeko says:

    Great post. Relations between my parents and their siblings are at a low ebb, so between that and illness/busyness it’s just going to be the nuclear family this year. Of course, between the five of us we’ve got a vegan and a gluten intolerant person, so I haven’t the slightest idea what we’ll wind up eating.Report

  3. Mike Dwyer says:

    Thanks for this Burt. I thought I had it rough with my picky family. You have me beat by a mile. I appreciate you making the effort though. I am increasingly coming down on the side of, “Don’t like it, too bad.” Man, i hate being a grumpy old man.

    Our menu is as follows:

    – smoked turkey breasts ‘roasts’ (that’s right, no dark meat, which I thought would cause a mutiny last year and no one complained)
    – beef brisket (for the non-turkey eaters)
    – Southern style green beans
    – stuffing
    – yam casserole
    – mashed potatoes
    – escalloped cabbage (new recipe)
    – corn casserole
    – rolls
    – misc desserts

    Also, just to add an interesting story: We have a friend who was a marine biologists at The Living Seas in EPCOT for several years. Unbeknownst to most of the public, there is a small ‘bubble’ in the middle of the aquarium that the divers can enter (not really sure what it was designed for). Anyway, he said Disney tradition is that the day after Thanksgiving the workers all bring in leftovers, which they place in dry bags, and then they scuba to the bubble with the food in tow. Once inside they have a little potluck picnic of cold leftovers, everyone still in their wetsuits. So, keep that in mind when you’re making a leftover sandwich on Friday afternoon.Report

  4. Aaron David says:

    Great post Burt, a good smile that is needed for a stressful week here. You and my wife would love talking about food, as you seem to approach it from the same angle.

    The movers come on Monday, the kitchen is 95% packed and my wife won’t make it down from our new town until about 2 tomorrow, so I am picking up dinner with all the fixings from a local (and quite good) market. Just the two of us this year, which is good, for there really isn’t a place to sit anymore, what with that part of the house packed also.Report

  5. Damon says:


    I’ll accommodate minor last minute changes, but not major. Vegan is major. Vegetarian/piscatorial can not eat any of the animal protien thing. There’s plenty to eat that’s acceptable. If not, you can have more booze. Not…my…problem…

    We’re having:
    Brined Turkey
    Mashed potatoes with asiago cheese (maybe some half and half/butter too)
    Kale with bean sprounts and soy
    Green peas
    Pumpkin pie with ice cream
    And a nice gwertz

    The lady friend, her gay handyman, an ex girlfriend and her parents (who are in from Tehran) are joining me. Giving the Iranians a little bit of “American Thanksgiving”.

    Wonder if the current girlfriend knows I dated the ex? Too late now! 🙂Report

    • Slade the Leveller in reply to Damon says:

      Good Lord! Talk about burying the lede.

      I’m with you, and this is what I taught my kids, as far as dinner fare. Eat what’s put in front of you. Being a vegan at a Thanksgiving dinner didn’t save the bird, it just made you a PITA.Report

  6. Saul Degraw says:

    I went to my first friendsgiving this year and made my family sweet potatos and pecans (no marshmallow) recipe. Well technically the recipe came from the Times in 1992. I was also the one who carved the Turkey because everyone else was too daunted by the task.Report

  7. Tod Kelly says:

    Great post, and a little bittersweet to read this year at the Kelly house.

    All four of us are down with the flu. We had a pretty big Thanksgiving planned with a table of fourteen, give or take. Sadly, we had to cancel the who thing this week after it became obvious none of us were getting better fast enough to make a Thursday diner viable.

    Unless I am mistaken, this will be my first ever Thanksgiving without Thanksgiving. It makes me very, very sad.Report

  8. Maria says:

    We battled a bit of a stomach bug this week (vomiting child is never fun), so my heart goes out to you Tod! Thankfully it looks like we are in the clear, so other than missing out on my annual Cranberry-Orange Chutney cook-fest with a good friend, we are going to be spending Thanksgiving at my parents’ house with my middle sister and her family. I will be making the chutney all on my own today and I am looking forward to spending quality time with my family.

    Cranberry-Orange Chutney is super easy and tastes so good! I use a recipe from an old Williams-Sonoma cookbook and some years I spike it with a booze like Cointreau. This year may be a boozy year.

    Happy Thanksgiving!Report

  9. North says:

    Happy turkey day, I’m having a charming one of my own with just the hubby and me. Blissful quiet… and then back to work for black Friday. God(ess?) damn it!Report

  10. Slade the Leveller says:

    2 Thanksgivings this year. Family pot luck, to which I’m contributing garlic mashed potatoes.

    Then in-law Thanksgiving on the farm. I’m bringing a bottle of Breckenridge Bourbon (which I just found out is a blend, something I’d never heard of with Bourbon) to pass the time with my Trump-voting father-in-law. No cooking there, just eating.Report

    • Troublesome Frog in reply to Slade the Leveller says:

      Same situation here. Yesterday was my family, a very traditional American feast with turkey and everything else. Today is Thanksgiving II with my Vietnamese in-laws with a completely different menu. The families only live 30 miles apart, but each wants to host something, so combining them would be depriving somebody of the opportunity, not to mention very different food preferences.Report

  11. Jaybird says:


    Honey isn’t vegan?Report

  12. Mike Dwyer says:


    Honey isn’t vegan?

    Someone needs to re-read Marx.Report

  13. Pinky says:

    I truly don’t understand this. I have a bunch of dietary restrictions, so I don’t intrude on people’s holidays. People have strong feelings about their food traditions, and it’s not my place to inconvenience them on such a hectic day. This is common courtesy: you eat what the host provides, and if you don’t think you can do that, you don’t go. I’ve learned my lesson from having a perfectly enjoyable Thanksgiving meal of string beans and bread, and traumatizing my host by doing so. It’s not worth it.Report

  14. Burt Likko says:

    By the way, if you’re interested, you can see a photograph of the unicorn embroidery picture that I just uploaded to the site.Report

  15. Kim says:

    Feast? What feast?
    We had beef fajitas, blackpepper bacorn squash, turnip greens, and an arugula salad, plus some fabulous Goldrush apples. Cooking for two is way more fun than cooking for your entire block.

    Customizing anything for the vegan was a mistake (a: you know you’re making it crummy. Don’t substitute if it’s going to fail). Shoulda just made succotash. And maybe a vegan soup or two. Oh, and an apple pie.Report

    • Burt Likko in reply to Kim says:

      Actually, with the exception of the somewhat bland vegan stuffing, it all turned out pretty tasty. And the stuffing, though bland at first, was upgradable with herbs and spices.

      Vegan-friendly squash/sweet potato with olive oil, agave, and chive was the first thing to get completely eaten.Report