- cranberry sauce (homemade) and cranberry sauce (procured, canned)
- plantain stuffing
- pumpkin and butternut squash (adaptation) soup
- baked apples (currently in oven)
- cornbread baked and crumbled ready for cornbread stuffing
- cornbread stuffing
- green bean casserole
The glories of the interwebs have provided me with various ingredients peculiar to Thanksgiving, such as the Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce, Libby's Canned Pumpkin, and of course French's Fried Onions. Like July 4th, which is sponsored, you will recall, by Old Navy ("oh say, can you save..."), Thanksgiving is branded by French's, Libby's, Ocean Spray, Kraft (for Stove Top) and of course Pillsbury, the geniuses who invented easy to roll out, guess-free crusts. We love those guys. Despite their corporate greed, destruction of America's small farms, over use of high fructose corn syrup, and the like. I mean Stove Top people!
The interwebs also provided me with every recipe with the exception of Jackie and Tim's apples and the phronesis on Liz's pumpkin soup (which she has beautifully adapted from the internet, by the way), and Sam's family cornbread stuffing (which they call dressing, but what can you do?).
I found it fascinating that so many people post their family recipe on line, and even better that the subsequent "ratings" involve really helpful discussions of what worked and what didn't. So you get the phronesis through the web. Who cares if we're bowling alone? We're cooking together!
PS: I also found a site for Dad and engineers everywhere: Cooking for Engineers. I love the charts.