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Thanksgiving Memories

I love Thanksgiving leftovers.

When I was a kid and all the family would gather and there was always room for one more. Most of the time I ate at the kids table but once I graduated to the adult table, I felt much wiser.

We would eat early around 2 p.m. and then clean up. The women did all the cleaning and this was before dishwashers. The men would sit in front of the tube pretending to watch football while a chorus of loud snoring vibrated the windows.

It never occurred to the men that we women and girls had slaved for hours washing and drying plates, silverware, and cookware. Nope, never occurred to them. As for the boys they flitted between watching TV and playing. They only ran into the kitchen to be adored then shooed out. Oh, how I wanted to be a boy but only on Thanksgiving.

Now you know why women live longer than men..women worked off some of their calories.

It would get to be around 7 p.m. and the men would wake up hungry and even though I thought I could never eat another morsel, the thought of a turkey sandwich sounded good. My aunt Gerry always made the best turkey sandwiches.

Out came the turkey and some good bread usually rye or challah, French’s mustard and the rare bottle of Dijon, pickles, cranberry sauce, and homemade applesauce. I loved to spread cranberry sauce on my bread (like a jelly) and we would eat all over again.

Then we would play cards and board games and have tea with cookies. There was always cookies or blondies (butterscotch chip/coconut bars).

Some of the family slept over because they had traveled further and the next morning, another feast of scrambled eggs or French toast and good conversation made it to the table.

Recipe: Turkey Sandwich

Choose a really good bread or roll or toast the bread. Challah, rye, sourdough, whole wheat are all good choices as well as a Kaiser roll.

Spread with mustard or mustard mixed with cranberry sauce (equal parts) or mayo mixed with mustard on one piece of bread (2 parts mayo/1 part mustard) and cranberry sauce on the other piece of bread. Chutney also works as a substitute for cranberry sauce.

Add lettuce, tomato, and a slice of red onion for a nice crunch. (optional)

Top with turkey slices. Dark meat will be more moist. Serve with a pickle and the beverage of your choice.

Whatta sandwich!

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