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What army were we cooking for?

Well, once again we had “way yonder” too much food on Thanksgiving Day, as Andy Griffith might say.

I think there were at least two-dozen people at my brother’s house for the occasion and we still had enough food left over to feed a couple dozen more.

As we sat around the tables, turning multiple shades of green from our stuffed tummies, we all looked at the dishes of food – most still at least half full – and wondered what army we were cooking for.

It all looked delicious as I passed through the line, trying to get a little bit of each item to try.

We had roasted turkey, deep fried turkey, ham and a pork loin with some kind of blackberry drizzle – and that was just the meats.

Then there was the gravy, dressing, green bean casserole, some other casserole with pineapple, bow-tie salad and some other kind of salad, rolls with butter, mashed potatoes, deviled eggs, sausage balls, etc., etc.

Plus pound cake, pumpkin pies, pumpkin cupcakes with icing, chocolate cake, etc., etc.

You get the picture.

I got my plate – one of those big Styrofoam kinds that are divided into sections – and by the time I was at the end of the line, I had such a pile of food I decided I’d better skip the last few items or the plate might break.

I got my tea and wandered to the table. Sat down, looked at my plate, and immediately wondered what was going through my mind when I filled it up.

Just looking at all that food made me full. I must have been thinking about all those starving kids overseas because I managed to make my way through it all some how and for some reason.

Guess I was afraid my brother didn’t have any doggie bags.

By the time I took the last bite I was having a little trouble seeing through all mashed potatoes and other food piled up inside of me to my eyeballs. I think there was still a piece of turkey in front of my left eye when I headed back to work the next day.

Thankfully, I realized I was too full to make a visit to the dessert table – as much as I wanted to give it the old college try.

My brother, who even found it impossible to make a second trip through the food line this year, said he left room for dessert.

I didn’t even have room for it when I started eating.

Did I forget to mention the punch and sausage balls we munched on before the main meal?

Needless to say, the family has enough food to eat for a couple of weeks – at least until we break out all the pans again for Christmas.

I’m going back to my brother’s house Saturday afternoon to watch the Virginia Tech, Virginia football game.

Guess I’ll probably be eating a little turkey while I’m there.

I just hope Virginia Tech’s turkey has a little Cavalier for dinner.



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