I love this time of year because I get to use my fall dishes!
My family lives miles away, so I celebrate Thanksgiving with my single friends. I went all traditional this year -- turkey with sage/chestnut stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy made from pan drippings and stock, candied yams, orange-cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, soft rolls, pumpkin pie, apple-cranberry crumble and cranberry-pomegranate cocktails. The only things I didn't make from scratch were the rolls and the pie crusts (Trader Joe's roll-out crusts are better than homemade).
I'm exhausted, but it was worth it.