As far as Thanksgiving goes, I am a big fan of being thankful. Thankfully, I grew up in a family where the TV did not take a starring role in the day & my Dad was not a big football fan. Appetizers played a key role, building up to the long-awaited bird...waiting, waiting, waiting...Personally, the side dishes, the snacks, the accompaniments are always much more fascinating to me than the turkey itself, but to each their own. I know some people get very excited about a giant roasted big breasted creature...If you are like me & think the nibbles along the way are interesting (and also serve as a diversion, should the whole 'family thing' get a bit much), here is a delicious recipe. I like Pink Slip Jam Gingered Pear Conserve. I mess about with the cheese, too. Sometimes I use goat cheese. Sometimes I use a good Cheddar. Sometimes I go full-bore & use some sort of Asiago or Parmesan. You choose! I also confess to 'cheating': I use either Pepperidge Farm pastry cups or sometimes I buy dough from the local baker & fit pieces into muffin tins. This will give you a starting point.
Cheese & Pear Tarts