An unfortunate effect of going to college that’s a long way from home is the difficulty experienced when trying to go home for breaks and holidays. As a Marylander, going home for Thanksgiving (for three full days) would put me out ~$400 in airfare. And given how I’m going home for Winter Break in a mere three weeks, this didn’t make financial sense for me. So, after some deliberation, I decided to stay on-campus for Thanksgiving.
As much as I wanted to see my friends and family back home for Thanksgiving, I did not want to let my inability go home stop me from enjoying the holiday. So, some friends and I decided, in the spirit of companionship and thanks, to make a Thanksgiving potluck amongst the eight of us! One of my friends, Prudence, lives in Brighton Park, an off-campus apartment complex, and offered us her kitchen for use. With that, my friends spring boarded into action!
Everyone planned led the creation of at least one of these eleven dishes:
- A 16 -to 20-pound turkey from Von’s (we named him Joey), with gravy
- Mashed potatoes
- Sautéed string beans with tomatoes, mushrooms
- Potato salad
- Southern-style Macaroni and Cheese
- Noodle stir-fry with beef
- Candied sweet potatoes with marshmallows
- Boiled asparagus
- 2 small pumpkin cheesecakes
- 1 large sweet potato pie
With those plans in place, we decided to rent a DoS van to take us to Von’s and the Asian grocery store to get the necessities on Wednesday night. The next morning, we got to work. Over a series of nine hours, the ingredients we obtained were turned into a series of fantastic dishes. Thank you to all involved; you really are an awesome family of friends to have spent Thanksgiving with. Enjoy the photo tour of our Thanksgiving at Mudd!