Thanksgiving is the most iconic of American gatherings, and when we were planning our year of Gatherings from The Kitchn, we were already thinking about this holiday and what we wanted to say. The classic image is so memorable: A sprawling family around the table, sideboards creaking under five kinds of pie and an 18-pound turkey burnished to perfection. It's a feast to make even experienced cooks quake under the weight of expectation, tradition, and sheer logistics.
But this image no longer reflects all of our experiences. You may be hosting a smaller gathering or "Friendsgiving," one closer to home and without the extended family around the table. If so, and especially if it's your first time doing it all yourself, then this week's feature is for you. I'm inviting you to share the Thanksgiving dinner I threw a little earlier this year. A simple meal, a swanky table, and a make-ahead menu will help you embrace this holiday for what it is — a moment to share good food with friends and family.