November 21, 2020

As we prepare for Thanksgiving during the pandemic, I am fortunate to be quite adaptable to these conditions, having come from a very broken childhood home and having lived with a German for 10+ years who didn't grow up with American customs. Each year I have made my own traditions which I enjoy, and I generally break away from the norms when it comes to the traditional turkey dinners that most families gather around to enjoy.  

I spent 2007 to 2017 as a vegetarian, so Turkey wasn't even a consideration.  One of my favorite Thanksgivings was in 2015 when we rented a rustic cabin in Cheboygan Michigan on State land, with no electricity, only a wood stove on the straits of Mackinac.  We cooked on that wood stove in a dutch oven, and made french press coffee.  Our friends came up to stay with us in this one room, frigid cabin with bunk beds, and we played cards against humanity, drank wine all night and solved the world's problems over brie and baked beets over the fire.  During the daytime, we went geocaching, in which the hunt was fun, but the views were just as amazing looking over at the straits where Lake Huron meets Lake Michigan.  

Last year, we smoked several types of fish in our smoker out back.  We brined salmon, and trout, and hung it on racks to smoke several hours over hickory wood. In 2017 I was in Los Angeles working remotely and visiting my partner while he handled the L.A. Auto Show, and I made a "Thanksgiving" dinner for him and his colleague of Voodoo pasta with crab and shrimp stuffed salmon on top.  It was amazing...the view of L.A was amazing.  

I was and I am thankful for all these experiences.  

The environmental impact of Thanksgiving is only bad if we have to travel, so consider how you are saving so much on CO2 emissions this year by staying home.  It's also a bonus if you source as much of your food as possible locally, support the local farmers, and eat what is locally available in your region and do what you can to not waste food.  If you are a vegetarian, or vegan, a big applause to you!  

Finally, if the Detroit Lions win on Thanksgiving, that is awesome for Detroit, however it only reaffirms how awful 2020 is for the rest of you out of staters.  :-P

Have a Great Thanksgiving, and drop me a line on how you'll be spending your holiday! 



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