And no, I did not find this recipe on Pinterest!
One thing most people probably don’t know about Mark Tracy is that he was a pretty good cook. He wasn’t afraid to try new things, and he used to say that presentation was everything. That should explain the above photo.
I would imagine that many people have fond childhood memories of their grandmother making a delicious Thanksgiving dinner every year. I am not that grandmother.
My method of “helping” in the kitchen has always been to take pictures and stay out of the way.
“All you do is follow the directions!”
Voilà! Perfect every time!
Then, the next day you make soup with the leftovers.
Left: One of the last photos of the grandkids with Papa Tracy. Right: Christmas 2015. Mark was still in charge of the kitchen, and I was still taking the pictures.
This April 13 marks the fifth year since Mark passed away. None of us can believe it’s been that long since he was with us. In some ways it seems like forever, and in some ways it seems like just yesterday. That being said, I still haven’t made a Thanksgiving turkey. However, due to its popularity, I have taken over his role as the official cranberry sauce maker of the family. It’s not too hard.
Just follow the directions.