In her application, Jenny from Dinner a Love Story promises her mother that her proposed pie will "replace, but in a loving way" the usual Jell-O chocolate pudding pie and will include nothing more strange or fancy than Valrhona chocolate. Being a holiday meal reformer from a family with solidly midcentury, Midwestern holiday food tastes, I can identify with her need to reassure her mother. Change happens slowly on the holiday table.
And my Thanksgiving recipe blasphemy doesn't just have to do with being a food-obsessed person. My sister, as informed in food politics and seasonal cooking as I am, is the biggest traditionalist in my family, and perhaps the only remaining fan of my great-grandmother's signature dish: a jiggly, pale green square of lime Jell-O mixed with cream cheese, served on a lettuce leaf. It's always on our Thanksgiving table, perhaps because it is the one recipe I haven't had the urge to reinvent.
• Check it out: Application for New Dish Submission at Dinner a Love Story (includes the upgraded chocolate pudding pie recipe!)
So what are you? A Thanksgiving traditionalist of a free-wheeling reformer?
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