Erase November

When November arrives, I often think to myself, if it weren’t for Thanksgiving I would erase November from the calendar!

Thanksgiving is an American holiday which I love because it is a chance to say “thank you” to nature for everything we have. This is actually a very Tuscan concept – so when November arrives, I apply my Tuscan sense of community and belonging and participate in the holiday along with my friends and family. It is also very Tuscan somehow to work a great meal into a holiday that’s about gratitude.

But there are some things that just don’t work for me about Thanksgiving – and the biggest problem I have is with that big bird. For all of you turkey lovers, please know that it’s nothing personal between me and the turkey. Turkeys have never done anything to me, and I’ve never done anything to them. In fact, I may be the greatest lover of turkey in America because I don’t want to kill and eat them…ever!

It all has to do with size and with the proper proportion of meat to stuffing. For great flavor, you need a bird that weighs only a few pounds, which is why I prefer a goose or capon. But for all of you Turkey lovers out there, rest assured that Morso will feature Turkey and all of the traditional trimmings on our Thanksgiving menu. We will also offer capon for those of you who think like me.

Because this is the central holiday of the season in America, both our new fall menu and our Thanksgiving menu showcase a wide variety of fall’s finest ingredients, including pears, apples, farro, butternut squash, Brussels sprouts, pecorino, cranberries, mushrooms, sage and pumpkin – just to name a few.

Whatever your favorite fowl or however you chose to celebrate this most American of holidays, let us not lose sight of its true meaning. Thanksgiving is a genuine expression of gratitude for the many gifts and blessings we have all been given.

On behalf of all of your friends and family at Morso, may I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.


With excerpts from Simply Tuscan