I'm hosting thanksgiving this year. I'll admit to being a fan of the people more than the food. I love the food but I want to avoid stressing out about the food. I want to have emotional energy to play a game or hang out for a few hours. Growing up there was often stress about people showing up late with partially finished dishes. Forget the food, just come and spend some time enjoying your family.
This stress really plays into my preference to supply most of the food. And what I make is simple or easy, like stuffing from a box. C'mon people!
On the flip side of this I'm going to start letting the kids plan menu items they will provide for holiday meals. I asked them what they will bring when they are grown up.
G: Spare ribs!