Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and 2020 has been an unusual year with a global pandemic affecting our Easter, Summer, Fall, and winter holiday plans. We are already seeing the effects hit the annual traditions like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which will be on television. Many stores have also announced unprecedented closures on Thanksgiving Day. For the first time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued guidance and steps for Americans to take to celebrate Thanksgiving safely. So then, what does your Thanksgiving celebration look like? We have listed a couple of ideas for you to be safe but still have a great time.
Hosting A Thanksgiving Gathering: The CDC asks that people consider the following steps to keep everyone safe:
- Host outdoor activities rather than indoor activities.
- Limit the number of guests as much as possible.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and items between use.
- Limit the number of people in food preparation areas.
- Maybe have your guests bring their own food and drink.
- If sharing food, have one person serve food and use single-use options, like plastic utensils.
- Wear a mask while preparing food or serving others.
The CDC encourages guests to avoid singing or shouting, especially indoors. It recommends keeping music levels down, so people don’t have to shout or speak loudly to be heard. If someone develops COVID-19 symptoms or tests positive after a gathering, they should immediately contact the host and others that attended the event.
If You Are Planning To Travel: The CDC said traveling could increase someone’s chance of contracting the coronavirus. It said, “staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others.” But, if you are considering traveling for Thanksgiving, here are some important tips:
- Check travel restrictions before you go.
- Get your flu shot before you travel.
- Always wear a mask in public settings, when using public transportation, and when around people with who you don’t live.
- Stay at least 6 feet apart from anyone who does not live with you.
- Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your mask, eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Bring extra supplies, such as masks and hand sanitizer.
- Know when to delay your travel.
The CDC also released a list of low-risk activities that families can follow to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
- Having a small dinner with only people who live in your household.
- Having a virtual dinner and sharing recipes with friends and family.
- Shopping online rather than in person on the day after Thanksgiving or the next Monday.
- Watching sporting events, parades, and movies from home
Whatever your decision is this Thanksgiving Day, make sure you stay safe and have fun with your family. We have also listed a fun recipe from one of our Team members, Angela. It is an elevated sweet potato pie recipe from Ina Garten. We hope you enjoy it as much as we all do in the office. Happy Thanksgiving from The Ruppel Team.
Elevated Sweet Potato Pie – Ina Garten
- 4 pounds sweet potatoes (about 6 large)
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Scrub the potatoes, prick them several times with a knife or fork and bake them for 1 hour or until very soft when pierced with a knife. Remove from the oven and scoop out the insides as soon as they are cool enough to handle. Place the sweet potato meat into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and add the orange juice, cream, butter, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt, and pepper. Mix together until combined but not smooth and transfer to a baking dish. Bake the potatoes for 20 to 30 minutes, until soft
With so much cooking on thanksgiving, you can have it be just this – without a pie crust or no shame buying pre-made pie crusts in the frozen aisle. Garnish with some curls of orange peels.
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