I was thinking of asking the Food Network what they thought was the perfect Thanksgiving dinner. But they were already five turkey trots ahead of me. Their list of classic dishes, provided by their celebrity chefs, is a top-ten, “whose-who” of amazing Thanksgiving cuisine.
Imagine having Alton Brown in your kitchen cooking a scrumptious turkey—baked with sage, parsley, chicken broth, celery, green pepper, mushrooms, eggs, cherries, and pecans? How about Tyler Florence whipping up velvety mashed potatoes with heavy cream, unsalted butter, and Yukon gold potatoes? Think of Alex Guarnaschelli making your cranberry sauce or Damaris Phillips providing the cast-iron skillet cornbread?
Just imagine if they all showed up at the local homeless shelter on Thanksgiving morning to provide the most amazing holiday meal for people who are homeless. Boy, would that be perfect.
Or would it?
Sure, the smells would be heavenly. The perfectly cooked meals would be delicious. I can just see the smiles on people’s faces. Stomachs stuffed. People feeling good.
But what happens the next day—on Black Friday? Or the other 363 days of the year? A nice holiday meal is certainly nice…but it is certainly not the solution to ending a person’s homelessness. Read More »