18 October 2010

it's the most wonderful time of the year

Since LA has had such ridiculously bizarre weather all year (cold all summer, crazy hot and then unseasonable rainy this "fall"), the fact that it is actually autumn has kind of snuck up on me. But autumn means my favorite holiday -- Thanksgiving!

I have had a hard time admitting this fact, since Christmas has so many appeals. But Thanksgiving is my favorite. There, I said it. I love the food, the cooking, the family and friends gathering (I love that friends are more welcome for Thanksgiving than for Christmas, which is often family-only), all the planning that goes into hosting, the turkey trots, the football, even the shopping...

So it was with more than a little glee that I jumped up and down and practically shrieked when I saw the first turkey-covered magazines appear on newsstands. (And I think most people would call me a fairly sedate person, so jumping up and down and almost shrieking in public is a big deal.)

This year, I'm finally admitting to myself that Thanksgiving is my favorite, and as much, it deserves a special place in my heart, and a special place in my files. So with the help of the P-Touch and a spare Ikea magazine file, we are now the proud owners of a Thanksgiving Recipes file.

It's the only holiday that gets its own folder, and it definitely took a little shelf re-arranging to give it a proper home. But now it has one.

Since lots of these magazines have great recipes that work at other times of year, and since we will be needing some dairy-free dishes for this year's Thanksgiving meal to make sure that Mark's brother has lots of tasty things to eat, I came up with color-coded flag system, which I wrote on the side of the file box, lest I ever forget.

Coming tomorrow, a review of the magazines you can find on newsstands this year, with my take on which ones offer the best recipes for Thanksgiving.

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  1. i love thanksgiving, too! i always look forward to the new take on traditional recipes and massive amounts of food!

  2. Massive indeed! That's why I also like the turkey trots, so that you can burn a little off in advance. :-)

  3. I have more food magazines than I know what to do with! I like your idea, though, to start with the holidays.

  4. Hi Emily! If you ever come up with a good solution for wrangling all of the magazines, let me know! I always try to go through them each month and just pull out the recipes I think I might make, and then toss the whole magazines. But inevitably I wish I could still go back and grab some other recipe. Which is better -- less clutter, or more recipes???


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