Nothing big — specifically just us for a change. Not that we’re turning anti-social, but special family occasions tend to get diluted by the presence of extended family. So this year, it’ll be Alan, Angelo, my mother-in-law, and we’re hoping Ray and Maria who will probably be visiting family in New York from Philadelphia where they live. We don’t have that big a place to host an actual party, but it’s perfect for the intimate dinner we want to have.
Alan and I also agreed we’re not doing turkey. He prefers a standing rib roast. (Easy enough!) It’s the side dishes I have to worry about, and probably a second dish to go with it. I am all excited planning it in my head for now. I already know I’m going to get a pecan pie from Mangia and make some leche flan like my mom used to make. I will do a pasta entree or salad, and depending on which one I make, a potato side dish (like a gratin) or a salad. I’m trying to be reasonable about this by working out way in advance which ones I will make and which ones I will order or buy from outside.
I guess it’s hard to hide that the whole thing is an exciting project for me. =) It’s a first that I’m hoping will come out beautifully, more so now that Angelo is more aware of all these traditions and holidays celebrated here. In fact we’re decorating a paper turkey as a family project — but that’s another blog post in the making.