I’m hosting Thanksgiving at my house for the first time this year, and I’m an adrenaline rush-inducing mix of nervous and excited. It’s just going to be me, Jeremy, my parents, and my aunt, so I’ll be making a small turkey. I already pre-ordered one from a local farm, Champoeg Creamery, a couple months ago and have been planning the menu since then (it’s mostly pie, FTW). There’s just something that feels especially ‘adult’ about hosting your first Thanksgiving dinner with your family. Instead of mom making the turkey, it will be me, and instead of the rest of the family watching football at my parents’ place, we’ll be rigging the TV to work on the main floor of the house (usually it’s in the now-freezing basement) so everyone can watch it in the living room while I clunk around in the kitchen. I think my parents will come early so my mom can lend a hand in the kitchen; I always love cooking with her and whenever I’m a little nervous she always makes me feel so happy and at ease, so it will be a much-needed relief having her there to help tend the bird.
Roast Rosemary Turkey with a Cranberry and Pomegranate Glaze by Eva Kosmas Flores

 

Roast Rosemary Turkey with a Cranberry and Pomegranate Glaze by Eva Kosmas Flores

Thanksgiving always reminds me of the importance of family; back when I lived in LA I would only come up for Thanksgiving once every two or three years just because of the expense of the plane ticket. But when I was able to afford it, I did it without question. It didn’t matter that going through the airport over Thanksgiving weekend was always a nightmare, or that it would take a half day just getting there and then another half day getting back. What mattered to me was being able to sit around a table with my family and enjoying a delicious meal together. Sometimes I feel like nowadays people let the bog of their everyday lives apply to holidays, not wanting to go to so and so’s house because it’s a 40 minute drive, or not wanting to Person A’s because Person B is going to be there and they don’t like Person B. We might not all get along all the time, and we might not all live 3 minutes away from each other, but sometimes, you need to cast aside all those petty problems and be there for your family when it counts. It’s only one day a year, and if there’s anytime to make a little more effort than normal to be around those closest to you, it’s now.

 

Roast Rosemary Turkey with a Cranberry and Pomegranate Glaze by Eva Kosmas Flores

So this year I am going to make a really special dinner as a thanks to everyone in my family for being willing to try out a new tradition. There will be pie, pie, and more pie, stuffing, brussels sprouts, and biscuits. And of course, a succulent little turkey. This year I partnered with Reynolds Kitchens Endless Table and made a Roast Rosemary Turkey with a Cranberry and Pomegranate Glaze, which was so excellent that I will be making it again come Thanksgiving. You can get my recipe and more festive holiday dishes here, there’s a ton from other awesome bloggers on their site and I highly recommend scrolling through them for recipe inspiration. I hope you guys all have great Thanksgiving plans in store, and that you enjoy the extra time spent with your friends and family 🙂

Roast Rosemary Turkey with a Cranberry and Pomegranate Glaze by Eva Kosmas Flores

 

Roast Rosemary Turkey with a Cranberry and Pomegranate Glaze by Eva Kosmas Flores

 

Roast Rosemary Turkey with a Cranberry and Pomegranate Glaze by Eva Kosmas Flores
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