I have had enough of perusing all my magazines and cookbooks for the perfect dish for Thanksgiving. I no longer want to see the inside of the grocery store. I just want to enjoy my time at home with my family. Why do I put all this pressure on myself to come up with this fantastic menu that’s going to knock everyone’s socks off? My inner self or ego whatever you want to call it somehow thinks that I’m being judged by some great food editors so I must out perform what I did last year! Why can’t I just keep it simple? No, I have to cook two turkeys. One on the grill and another in the oven. Why do I want to cook two desserts? You’d think that I was running a restaurant where everyone gets to place an order. This is going to stop this year. There I have said it. No more trying to find perfection. What was wrong with the perfection that I made last year or the year before that? I am sticking to my guns and making my tried and true recipes that will please everyone and not drive me insane! Before I started blogging three years ago I did not have this problem, but now when I cook a dish I say to myself, ” Cook a new recipe that you will be able to blog about it.” I can kill two birds at once. Then the ultimate goes wrong as it did this past weekend. Two of the recipes that I chose were complete duds. I mean they were bad. Both went into the garbage and I was back to square one at eleven o’clock on Saturday night and lunch was to be served at one on Sunday. Serves me right. I should do as I tell my students. DO NOT try a new recipe when you are having guests. So it is totally my fault. You are my witness I have turned over a new leaf!! And to make myself feel better about my kitchen disappointments I got myself into the kitchen and whipped up my new favorite bread that is great for the holidays, but truthfully I love it all year-long.