for everyone experimenting with turkey roasting or changing stuffing recipes, cooking from scratch or turning to cans, for those traveling far or staying home, eating out, volunteering, frying turkeys, roasting, broasting or grilling turkeys, for those using chestnuts, sausage, fennel, apples or bacon bits in their stuffing/dressing, for those who will whip up mashed spuds with skins or w/out, with sour cream, buttermilk, chives, garlic, salt, butter, cream, pepper, and especially for those who make their own gravy, hail to you in particular. for everyone debating over pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin mousse or pumpkin cheescake or who ditched the pumpkins this year for sweet potato pie or cocoanut cream pie, I would like a good recipe for making pie crust...I get to crispy but its always tough, never flaky...is lard the only solution...maybe crisco...hmmm, seems a step backwards. for everyone who made cranberry sauce, opened a can of jellied or whole berries and sliced it into a cut glass dish, for those who washed the celery stalks and laid them out funereally in their long dishes bedecked with olives....let's remember those brave souls who shamelessly make that green bean casserole that campbell tells us is an 'american tradition'--for those who've been simmering ham hocks with greens since yesterday and the neighbors can smell it down the block, let's recall those who dragged out the cast iron skillet, got it blazing hot and beat together a corn bread batter with buttermilk, corn kernels, halapenos and heard it sizzle as it hit the grease...I'm out of excuses and clothes that fit, to make another of my favorite chocolate layer cakes with chocolate buttermilk frosting...Hellmans Mayo I bow to your genius. it's been so many years since being a child and visiting relatives, eating food we never liked, but finding 'family' to eat it with....cooking such a meal now seems to require permission from somewhere inside. Its a quick visit back in a time capsule where comfort food remains okay for a day, not forbidden poison...on thanksgiving no one has eating disorders because if you're eating, you're probably overeating, and obsessing about leftovers and your next turkey configuration. I found a recipe for turkey enchiladas, if we have leftovers from turkey sandwiches, which is doubtful because I hear JMQ's husband can pack away a turkey himself, on one leg, while humming the national anthem. and i heard a rumor that thetrulyverymadscientistmr.bill may come by for a yam or two, but if not and you see him, tell him the Boo's and me say dont forget to step away from the bunsen burners to have some turkey, we'll leave the porchlight on.