This is Thanksgiving Day in the United States. [I note that because many readers of this blog are in other nations.]
It is a holiday that finds the vast majority of the people in the United States crowded around tables. Black, white, American Indian, Asian American, Hispanic, gay, straight, believers, atheists, whatever - all take the day as a time for gratitude; a great moment to gather with family and friends.
Although roast turkey is the traditional main dish, I know of many families that have other choices. Among the alternatives I've heard of are lasagna, goose, ham, lamb, tamales, and - in one unforgettable example - tofu.
The stuffing for the turkey can be even more exotic. Stuffing snobs exist and their tastes can range from the chestnut traditionalists to more daring ones involving chile peppers.
A similar variety can be found in desserts where pumpkin pie competes with pecan, chocolate cream, apple, and sweet potato.
I won't even get into the whole canned versus fresh cranberry sauce debate.
Regardless of your location or nationality, please accept my best wishes on this day of thankfulness.
P.S. And if you've got any great Thanksgiving recipes, send them to me.