Hot ChocolateThanksgiving should be next week, right?  It feels a little out-of-place so early in the month.  Anyone else feeling weird about celebrating Thanksgiving this year?  Maybe it crept up on me too fast?  I don't know.
So out of sorts about the holiday, I started to think about my favorite Thanksgiving memories.  All I could recall were several very nasty afternoons and evenings with major indigestion or the time our son, Jacob, made his cousin cry because he told her that the turkey on her plate was alive until someone killed it so she could have a Thanksgiving feast.  No fond memories?  Finally, I recalled a wonderful Festa del Ringraziamento (Thanksgiving) in Italy.  Friends felt pity for us having to celebrate so far from home so they invited us over for pizza!

Indian Hills culinary studentsHow about the Indian Hills culinary crew helping me out of my Thanksgiving blues?  That's what is on tap for GREAT TASTE on Wednesday live from Hy-Vee's Club Room.  Curt Goudy and Sara Valentine have the spirit.  They are going to show you how to make homemade egg nog, a shelf-stable hot chocolate mix, marshmallows for the hot chocolate, sweet potatoes or your Thanksgiving campfire, plus a number of other beverage concoctions guaranteed to make your holiday entertaining easier and more fun.