For the last several years, I haven't managed to bake a cake or pie in time for Thanksgiving dinner, so I've made the most of slovenly my ways and created a new, much more relaxing tradition: Morning-After Thanksgiving Cranberry Upside-Down Cake.
After shopping & lugging home groceries on foot, and cooking & cleaning in a teeny-tiny kitchen, any attempt at baking on Thanksgiving day would surely lead to tears. But on the morning after, basking in the glow of a wonderful wine-filled meal, baking a breakfast seems like a treat! No rushing, no pressure, no timing to coordinate, just a cast-iron skillet, a hot oven to take the chill off the morning, and a pot of french press coffee brewing. Or perhaps two pots.
I've always envied the tradition of Boxing Day, an extra day after December 25th to stay home & stay cozy, once the Christmas excitement has ended. We need to recover! Of course, this year on the day after Thanksgiving I'll be baking for customers rather than myself. On my next day off, I will be thrilled to bake my very first Traditional Four Days After Thanksgiving Cranberry Upside-Down Cake. Why not?
Image: Tess Wilson