OK so I always cook for Thanksgiving- by myself- and I go big. So this year my dads wife wanted to do thanksgiving and to be honest we don't have the money to buy all the food for the whole deal anyways- so I agreed. As Thanksgiving grew closer I started getting antsy about not being the one cooking. My dads wife is a HORRIBLE cook. This is not me being a bitch stepdaughter either- I like my dads wife but her cooking is so bad its offensive. So of course dh is NOT looking forward to going to eat bad food. I ask dads wife what I should bring- she says sweet potatoes and stuffing. Fine. Then she asks me if I can make gravy cause she doesn't know how and my dad said if she's making the mashed potatoes- he's going to need lots of gravy (ya even her own husband knows her cooking is bad). I make the most amazing mashed potatoes. Like so good that a 5 pound tray isn't enough for 6 people. So I'm itching to make them. Last night I was going to buy the stuff to make sweet potatoes and stuffing and dh says "you have to make mashed potatoes- I can't have a Thanksgiving without mashed potatoes or without good mashed potatoes- I spend all year looking forward to your potatoes and if i have to eat her garbage cooking I at least need good potatoes"
So I break down and make the potatoes (I make them the night before and bake them) . Now I feel bad. She wanted to make them. I was gonna disguise it as a"potato casserole" since they're in a baking dish and all and to be honest she's kind of dense but i don't think that will fool anyone and I don't wanna come off as bitchy or stepping on toes. Every year I go down to their house the Saturday after thanksgiving and cook Thanksgiving for my dad (they cant come to our Thanksgiving at our house because we have a cat and 2 dogs and they are both highly allergic) . 2 years ago my dad spent 100k remodeling her kitchen and I think she really wants to host a big meal in it without me doing all the cooking so im trying to decide if I should just not bring the potatoes and tell dh to suck it up or if I should bring them and hope she doesn't get offended.
Yes a whole post about mashed potatoes- its definitely Thanksgiving.