I will readily admit, Thanksgiving is a smallish type of affair at my house.
Working in television news for 20 years, I was typically working that night. If I wasn't, then my wife was.Long story short, this particular holiday in the Blanco household is a quiet, low-key kind of thing. There's no one to pick up at the airport, no Turkey Bowls at the park, no uncle passed out on the couch and no aunt trying to tell everyone what to do.
There is, however, a turkey, a couple of sides and a dessert. When you do that year after year, sometimes you want to expand your horizons. At least I do.
Over the last year, I have tried so many wonderful dishes from local restaurants that it makes me want to celebrate all their creations.
This year, I decided Thanksgiving is going to be bigger at Casa Blanco. Don't tell my wife, but I am planning to bring in a number of side dishes from around town and invite a few friends over.
Actually for the first time ever - I think - both her side and my side of the family will be represented at one table in our home.
I'm going to turn the offerings up a notch and sample a lot of the things area chefs are making for the holidays.
You can do it, too!
Any number of restaurants in the area are offering for carry-out either full Thanksgiving meals or sides to enhance your table.
All of that said, here is my list of spots in Savannah where you will find something festive to Eat and Like:
FORM, 1801 Habersham St.: You likely know I am a big fan of what the guys at FORM are doing.
They probably supply the city with 80 percent of its cheesecake, but they do so much more. They do wine pairing dinners, as well as an incredible job catering.
Well, now you can take their great flavors home with you for Thanksgiving.
You name it, they've got it: turkey, pecan-encrusted pork tenderloin, bacon and caramelized onion Brussels sprouts, vanilla-infused butter-roasted carrots. These dishes are no joke, and some start at $12.99.
K-Bella Gourmet Carry Out, 119 Charlotte Road, Wilmington Island: Kristen does a great job with everything she does out on Wilmington Island.
She always prepares great side dishes for any meal, and Thanksgiving is no different.
She is, however, offering a full Thanksgiving meal that feeds 12-15 people. One price, one ginormous dinner.
No cooking, no mess. Just Eat It and Like It, then clean up and pass out. Or pass out, then clean up.
Thinking about the sour cream mashed red skin potatoes? Sounds incredible. That's just one of the sides, too.
Ruth's Chris Steak House, 111 W. Bay St.: Want some of the Ruth's Chris experience without having to go downtown and spent a ton of money? Well, here you go!
Ruth's is actually offering side dishes as carry-out items from now through New Year's Eve.
Family-sized servings (10-12 people) of their creamed spinach, sweet potato casserole or my personal favorite, fresh green beans with roasted garlic.
They are all packaged and ready for you to pick up. Imagine how popular you'd be at a holiday potluck dinner if you show up with something from Ruth's Chris.
Desserts: They are certainly more popular, and a good number of places are doing special-order pies, cookies, cakes and other sweet nothings for the holiday season.
That list includes our friends at Back in the Day Bakery.
Cheryl and Grif are taking special orders for pies, and the last day to order is Nov. 22.
Delores at Just Desserts on Skidaway Road tells me she is always slammed during the holidays with special orders.
Her pumpkin rolls are some of the most popular. (Think tiny pumpkin-flavored creamed-filled yule logs).
And of course, our friends at Sweet Carolina Cupcakes and Gigi's Cupcakes can always make you the most popular person at your potluck dinner over the next five weeks or so.
Keep in mind, many of the places we've listed have cut-off dates.
Each has a different deadline depending on what it is you will need. Call them first. Don't expect to walk in the night before Thanksgiving and get all that you need.
They would very much appreciate a heads-up so they can accommodate your needs.
See you on TV,