I am so excited to be hosting my first Thanksgiving at home! I love cooking, but I especially love putting together fancy meals and feasts like Thanksgiving dinner. As much as I try to tell myself that food is fuel, it isn’t as simple as that. There is definitely a Food=Love philosophy that is ingrained in my upbringing.
In addition to enjoying the food itself, there is so much sensory joy that comes from the preparation. Feeling the textures of crinkly kale, smelling herbs and spices as you measure and chop, listening to the sizzle of oil, and planning out your preparation so that everything is done at once.
Then there is the joy that comes from cooking for others. Much like knitting a prayer shawl, where the maker prays intentionally while knitting the fabric, cooking for friends and family makes me take extra care with my recipe as I think about the health and enjoyment that my food will bring them. Preparing and sharing a meal with special people is one of my favorite things to do. Few things bring me more happiness than savoring a good meal while savoring the company of loved ones.
This is why Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. The focus is on the people you love, sitting and sharing a meal together. Such a simple thing, but a such a huge blessing. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!