For 2022, the world is a much different place now. We have a war between Russia and the Ukraine, record-setting inflation, greater awareness of climate change, and contentious politics here at home. Thanksgiving this year, in my opinion, gives us a chance to be thankful for our wonderful lives, free of war mostly, and now, post Covid (I hope), a bit more normalcy in the world.
A Thanksgiving meal is going to cost much more this year. The cost has increased 26%, from $52.59 to $66.39. Since most of our holiday meals will last for several days, the cost per meal becomes a bit more realistic. I enjoy leftover turkey, as well as some of the dishes listed below.
My two favorites, beside another dinner, are turkey curry soup with vegetables, and turkey enchilada casserole. Very simple.
And my favorite bubbly with my Thanksgiving dinner is the Domaine Carneros brut rose’. You can also try a lighter, fruitier white wine, like a Sauvignon Blanc or medium dry Riesling. I look forward to pumpkin pie. The perfect wine with the pie? An Italian passito, of course.
Keep it simple, and family oriented this year. Be thankful we don’t live in the Ukraine, or southern Pakistan (terrible floods due to climate change).
Let’s hope 2023 is a better year for all of us!
One leftover idea for 2022: Shakshuka turkey??
From 2021: Let’s start the leftover parade with a poem.
“And already still November
Drapes her snowy table here.
Fetch a log, then; coax the ember;
Fill your hearts with old-time cheer;
Heaven be thanked for one more year,
And our Thanksgiving turkey!”
This year’s leftovers will be quite different, nothing traditional. Let’s see how creative the world has become. I apologize for
any repeat offenders.
Kabocha pumpkin turkey pasta
Ginger three flavor turkey salad
Turkey cran enchiladas
Taco Bell turkey taco
Turk Fil A Sandwich
Turkey loaf taco
Tater tot turkey sandwich
Turkey Lurkey (did I stump you?)
Turkey Monte Cristo
Turkey orzo soup
Turkey crunch wrap
Turkey hangover hash
Kung pao turkey
Turkey thyme risotto
Turkey alfredo pizza
Turkey and pasta ranch salad
These days, it’s hard to go even an hour without hearing about supply chain issues, both in the United States and abroad. With shortages on everything from beauty products to toilet paper (again) to food, consumers are going to have to plan early and most likely spend more this holiday season. The Farm Bureau estimates that Thanksgiving 2021 will cost $46.90 for a group of 10. Under $50 to feed ten people sounds reasonable to me.
Latest update: The price of a 15-pound turkey has surged from $11 in 2018 to nearly $21. That’s the highest in decades, after a 25% jump in just the past year. And just about anything else you might need to make that dinner complete is probably costlier, as well, with eggs up nearly 30% in a year and sugar up 12%. The average price for a turkey, across the country is $1.07 per pound. Relax. I would worry more about shortages of canned goods like cranberry and pumpkin, and frozen foods like string beans and ice cream.
But I am certain you can find some decent wines under $20!! I will have my Domaine Carneros brut rose’, and perhaps finish my dinner with a shot of mastika (from my friends in Athens, Greece).
If you have trouble finding a turkey, let me know. I would be happy to help you find one. Same for the wine.
Just remember, I love leftover turkey, both for sandwiches, and using the carcass for soup.
(The real turkey now resides in Ghetto del lago)