Thanksgiving is my very favorite holiday. I hear that some people have odd Thanksgiving customs like â€˜watching footballâ€™ or â€˜shoppingâ€™, but for us itâ€™s pretty much an entire holiday about cooking and eating. These are two of my favorite things, so Iâ€™m happy.
This week Iâ€™ve started poking around recipe sites looking for menu-planning inspiration. Although we have a couple of traditional must-have dishes (cornbread dressing and pumpkin pie), I like to experiment too much to make the same meal every year.
Along the way I ran across a â€˜Thanksgiving on a Budgetâ€™ article at Epicurious that I thought was worth sharing. It suggests a menu (soup, turkey, stuffing, vegetable, bread, dessert) that serves eight for $80, and also lists six very good general money-saving tips.
It also gave me the idea to document our Thanksgiving dinner this year, including tracking the recipes and actual cost. I have a monthly grocery budget and my usual frugal practices have kept us running well under it, so I wouldnâ€™t ordinarily break out the cost of Thanksgiving particularly. But it might be an interesting experiment — too late to be of use to anyone else this November, of course, but maybe helpful for Christmas dinner or next year. I shall challenge myself to see how lavishly gourmet I can get … on the cheap.
(Photo by Andrew Huff.)