History is happening at my house tomorrow.
Yes, we're once again hosting the extended family for a big Thanksgiving feast. But for the first time on record, I'm resisting the urge to serve anything "new" on the Turkey Day table this year.
No unusual side dishes. No experimental desserts I want to test on the fam. Just a table full of the tried and true.
We'll have my super juicy bag-roasted turkey, sauteed green beans and Brussels sprouts with caramelized onions and bacon. We'll also have Mom's famous pan dressing, along with my mother-in-law's traditional white bread stuffing with fresh parsley. My sister's sweet potato casserole and homemade apple pie. My wife's homemade cranberry sauce and Cognac-kissed pumpkin pie. And no-frills rolls.
Simple. Traditional. Comforting. I couldn't be more excited.
I receive lots of helpful press releases in The Food Guy inbox.
This was not one of them.
"There's nothing better than a glass of wine to accompany a delicious turkey dinner at Thanksgiving."
So far, so food.
"However, alcohol can add hundreds of calories to your meal and studies show that some drinks may make you hungrier than others, like sugary cocktails," writes a company hoping to sell me on the benefits of mini-bottles of wine. "Red wine also adds about 10 calories per glass, so it's best to opt for a rose or white wine instead."
I often preach healthy eating habits, smart food choices and portion control, but this is not the time.
Perhaps above all others, Thanksgiving is a holiday that truly should be spent enjoying family, friends and the good fortunes we share without guilt. Calorie counting can resume Friday.
So we'll be pouring full bottles of wine at our table, or maybe sipping one of these festive "apple pie" libations courtesy of my friends at Gatlinburg's Ole Smoky Moonshine, now available in 49 states including ours.