Many of the ways I've been remembering him have been through cooking and food, and there were a few dishes I made for Thanksgiving for that exact reason. Let's recap my contributions to our meal:
Appetizer: Aside from myself, Tom was the only other food experimenter in my family. He loved sushi, and loved trying new and unique recipes. One of my favorite thanksgiving memories involves Jule's Butternut Squash soup. I made it several years ago and my brother raved about it for ages, so long as to even bring it up again last year. Unfortunately, Thanksgivings since that year haven't allowed for soup so I was never able to make it for him again. This year I made it, in his name so to speak, and even found another use for it: Make it think and it's a PERFECT gravy for potatoes and turkey!
Main Course: My brother spent a portion of his time living down south, meaning that he had a taste for anything cornbread related. Last year and this year I made Glutino's Gluten Free Cornbread Stuffing. I love the stuff in it's buttery delicious goodness. We all gobbled it down, and Tom would have been proud.
Dessert: I made two desserts for Thanksgiving, the Snowman Buttons (Sugar Cookies with pink sugar sprinkles), and the Gooey Chocolate Merry Mint brownies. I found the dough of the Snowman buttons hard to work with, even with sprinkling lots of flour on the surface I was working on and my hand it was incredibly sticky. However, they baked evenly and tasted great!
The mint brownies were moist and very minty, they tasted like york peppermint patties to me. A great treat! I just wish they had been a bit thicker. The taste of mint is another reminder of my brother, one very bittersweet.
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