In many Mexican-American households you might find a turkey or tamales on the table this Thanksgiving.
In a family like mine you are likely to find both.
And throw in a lasagna and kolaczki too.
These are some of the holiday foods that we have eaten over the years. Why?
That's because in my family we are Mexican-American and we have in-laws that are Italian and Polish. In my extended family we also have family that is Irish, German, Austrian, Colombian, Jamaican and Indian (from India.)
So we dive into this culinary diversity during the holiday season. It's one of the reasons that I enjoy the holidays so much. Good food.
I try to contribute as much as I can to this diversity. One Thanksgiving I made fresh turkey enchiladas in a salsa roja.
One of my nephews, who was about 8 years old at the time, said, "These are the best enchiladas ever!"
It was the highest compliment I could imagine.
Last year, I tried another dish - squash filled with a sausage stuffing.
My Italian-American sister-in-law ate two servings.
A few years ago I went to Texas to celebrate Thanksgiving with my mother and stepfather. They cooked a turkey on the grill. That was fun.
I always associate good food with family and fond memories.
What are some of the more unique or special dishes that will be on your table this Thanksgiving?
I hope that you will savor such food and give thanks for all that is good in your life.