A Modest Proposal for the Lame, the Halt and Others
Marty Martindale

tgcard(From Marty Martindale’s latest book, More Short Orders.)

Do you dare do this?

It seems many people entertain carefully selected people to their highly exclusive dinner parties all year long. Some, however, attempt to remedy this some by trying to make it up at Thanksgiving.

On this holiday it is their chance to atone by going out and bring in  the lackluster people they avoided all year, the community’s lame and halt, and for them they slave, or have others slave, over a wide selection of traditional traditionals—a large turkey roasted numerous ways, endless dressing concoctions, family-original gravies, wide versions of casseroled vegetables, highly-populated whipped potatoes followed by endless pies topped with an assortment of toppings. So labor intensive; so quickly consumed!


Will the patriots, pilgrims and ancient ancestors come down and smite us if we happily avoid the above ritual?


Here is a suggested, toned-down, proposed menu for good friends, wildly popular or not—just good friends you thoroughly enjoy all year long:


  • Fresh, crisp crudités with one or more dips
  • Roast turkey-breast sandwiches with trimmings:
  • Kaiser rolls and butter
  • Fresh, sliced tomatoes
  • Crisp lettuce leaves
  • Large condiment and relish platter of large and small pickles, olives, anchovies, capers, harissa, hot chilies, guacamole, cranberry relish and several sandwich spreads
  • Homemade Pumpkin Pie
  • Coffee, Iced Tea, Wine

Dare you start this at your home?

Marty Martindale

About Marty Martindale

Foodsite Magazine and Marty aim to help the cooking-challenged avoid dependence on others due to lack of cooking knowhow. We concentrate on quick breakfasts, portable lunches and “good-4-u” night meals. With readily available web translation, the magazine explains separate foods, a little of their history, their nutrition, suggested “go-withs,” serving ideas and links to foodsites with recipes.

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