But there are two things that are incredibly important to me on this day of thanks: parades and food. Lots and lots of food.
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is perhaps the most well known and important parade
ever. The giant balloons, the Broadway performances, celebrities lip syncing to their own voices - it's a spectacle that I do not want to miss. And I certainly don't want to miss any Broadway performances, since musical theater was my former life. So we watch the show on one network and DVR it on the other network, so it's a full day of parades in our household. My favorite performance of all time was definitely last year's excerpt from Ragtime, which aired on CBS. It's one of my favorite musicals, and they even filmed on location right up the street from us. Here's the link if you didn't get to catch it... Ragtime
Then there's the food..."food, glorious food," as Oliver would say. I'm a sucker for tradition, so if I'm cooking, the menu is always the same: turkey (I buy the prepared ones from the grocery store because I'm SO not getting up at 5am to cook something that I'd probably ruin anyways), mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, broccoli casserole, sweet potato casserole, corn and brown n' serve dinner rolls...just like the pilgrims used to eat :) We're going to CT to visit the hubby's family this year, but I'm pretty sure I'll be whipping up my casseroles to add to the table - I just can't have Thanksgiving without them.
And because it's that time of year and I'm in the giving spirit, I'm going to share with all of you my super special broccoli casserole recipe...
2 packages frozen chopped broccoli, thawed (my mom likes to mix in florets these days, but that's optional)
1 cup mayo
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup cheddar cheese
1 package Saltines
1/4 stick butter
Set the oven to 350 and grease your casserole dish (I use Pam.) Combine egg, mayo, cheese and soup, then fold in broccoli a little at a time. Pour into casserole dish. Crush saltines and sprinkle over the top so they cover entire casserole. (I sometimes sprinkle a little extra cheese on top too.) Dab pats of butter on top of crumbled crackers. Bake for about an hour.
Do you have special Thanksgiving traditions? I'd love to hear them. And if you have any yummy Turkey Day recipes, we'd love to hear about those too!