Second Thanksgiving


When your wife is a veterinarian (especially one going through an internship), holidays often don’t fall on the day they’re supposed to. Take, for instance, this year’s Thanksgiving.

On the Thursday in question, my wife was working an emergency shift at the animal hospital. While I was able to stuff myself silly at my aunt and uncle’s annual celebration, the little lady was not so lucky. She was stuck suturing wounds, taking X-rays and, most tragic of all, putting her fair share of people’s beloved animals to sleep.


Knowing in advance that this was to be her fate this year, my mom and I put a plan B into motion. We would have a Second Thanksgiving the Sunday after the real event. We even rounded up a couple cousins and a sister and a nephew to join in the deja vu turkey day.

The food was cooked exclusively by me and mi madre. Here’s the breakdown:


  • Succulent roast turkey (at right)
  • Gravy and walnut glaze
  • Zucchini bread
  • Apple-cranberry crisp


  • Cornbread
  • Sweet potato casserole
  • Pumpkin chiffon pie
  • Chocolate pie

This was my first time making all of these dishes and it showed. The cornbread was extremely flat, probably due to baking it in too big of a pan. It was also fairly bland, although I’m not sure why. I think I might stick to out-of-the-box alternatives in the future.

The sweet potato casserole turned out fine (the wife was a big fan), but the marshmallows crisped up instead of melting and getting gooey. That was a bit of a disappointment.

As for the pies, they turned out just okay. I think I prefer regular pumpkin pie to the souffle-like chiffon. It was a little too light and airy for me.

The chocolate, on the other hand, was ridiculously dense. If you weren’t holding the knife tightly when cutting through, you’d easily lose it in the chocolate.

The addition of whipped cream to both pies was a saving grace.

two-pies Although it was a lot of fun to do, I think I’ll leave Thanksgiving to the professionals for a few more years. My wife’s schedule should allow for ample practice time before hosting our first gathering.

And that’s something to be thankful for!


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