I must have done it right, because It’s the day after thanksgiving, and I’m still full. Sure, half of America is saying that right now, but for me, it’s the first time I’ve ever uttered those words AFTER Thanksgiving.
You see, I don’t like turkey. Let me rephrase that, I used to not like turkey. For some reason, every time I ate it, there was this strange “turkey” flavor that I couldn’t get over. But, something happened at dinner yesterday that not only changed my long-standing opinion of turkey, but actually made me say the following four words, “I love this meal!”
There are millions of restaurants out there, but how many of them do you go back to over and over, every time leaving happy? Not many. Stefan’s at L.A. Farm is our exception. We always leave satisfied. It’s hard to believe that from one restaurant, I’ve discovered so much great American food. Now, I can proudly add Thanksgiving dinner to that list. While the entire meal was delicious, a few dishes, on their own, actually changed my opinion on Thanksgiving dinner.
As I explained yesterday, my husband picked Stefan’s for our first ‘restaurant’ Thanksgiving dinner from just looking at their menu. Why did he pick Stefan’s? The menu offered the straight forward, classic Thanksgiving meal he was hoping for: roasted turkey, gravy, stuffing, yams and yes, mashed potatoes, which he believes is a must dish for Thanksgiving. Judging from their regular menu, I was expecting a good meal, but I have to admit, I was reluctant that I had to eat turkey as a my main dish. As we were driving to the restaurant, I even said to my husband “if I don’t like the turkey, we’ll just stop at a Japanese noodle shop later.”
Surprise, surprise, I actually loved turkey! Instead of that strange taste I was expecting, I enjoyed only flavorful tender meat.
Another dish I don’t like is yams. It’s usually served either very, very sweet, and/or too watery. The texture of the marshmallows placed on top usually doesn’t sweeten the deal for me either. With a combination like that, you can imagine that the idea of candied yams is not at all appetizing for me. But tonight, Stefan’s baked yams with marshmallows completely won me over. The marshmallows were slightly crunchy and the yams were cooked sweet, but in a very delicate degree. Finally, it made sense that these two should be served together, or should I say, three, as the dish went well with the turkey!
It’s hard to believe that it took me a quarter of a century to truly appreciate the Thanksgiving meal. So to honor the tradition of Thanksgiving, let me say how thankful I am that my husband insisted on picking a restaurant with mashed potatoes. I’m also thankful for Chef Stefan and his staff who always treat us like family!