We’re Bruce and Karen Carlson. We recently moved to the Metro East area of Illinois. It’s a whole new world out there. Our goal with this website is to share our exploration of the Metro East area. As we find businesses and services we use in our daily lives, we’ll share how these businesses and services have helped make our lives better and easier to live.

We’re calling our move to the Metro East area retirement, but we’re not quite sure what that means. By sharing our story with you, we hope you too will gain a better sense of what the Metro East area has to offer and how their businesses and services can improve your lives and build a better community.

Let’s have some fun. The Thanksgiving holiday is upon us. And that typically means a big feast and a of lot calories. So enjoy the day and try not to add to the cultural mistakes below.

Uncover the secrets behind the feast without stumbling into awkward territory. A journey of flavors awaits—brace yourself!

Welcome to the Thanksgiving Thunderdome, where the cook’s kitchen is the battleground and etiquette is the weapon of choice. We’ve gathered a list of things you should never utter to the culinary maestro behind the feast. Brace yourselves, it’s about to get turkey-tastically awkward!

Can You Pass the Salt?

Alright, salt seeker, let’s take a detour. In the vast landscape of Thanksgiving flavors, the quest for salt is a perilous one. Instead of bluntly requesting the shaker, embark on a flavorful journey with the chef. Ask about the secret seasoning strategies, dive into the depths of taste, and who knows, you might just unlock the hidden flavors of Thanksgiving magic. The kitchen is a treasure trove, not just a sodium storage.

I Prefer the Canned Cranberry Sauce

Hold your cranberries! Before you dismiss the homemade goodness, let’s embark on a culinary journey. Picture this: you, the chef, and the story behind the sauce. Uncover the secrets of crafting that artisanal cranberry concoction. Share in the experience, and who knows, you might develop a newfound appreciation for the cranberry symphony that is as unique as the chef’s culinary prowess.

This Turkey is a Bit Dry, Don’t You Think

Dry turkey detective, let’s retrace our steps. Instead of critiquing, ask the chef for their moistening secrets. What culinary sorcery have they employed to achieve the perfect balance of juiciness? Engage in a conversation about the delicate art of turkey basting, and you might find yourself on a flavorful journey of discovery that transcends the dry-turkey dilemma.

I Don’t Eat Carbs

Carb-conscious crusader, let’s take a pit stop in the land of indulgence. Ever considered the joys of a Thanksgiving cheat day? Dive into a mini adventure of mashed potato marvels and stuffing sensations. Share in the joy of carb-laden delights with the chef, and you might discover that mashed potatoes are the ultimate exception to any no-carb rule, a delectable detour into the world of Thanksgiving extravagance.

My Mom’s Mashed Potatoes Are Way Better

Mashed potato maven, let’s wander down memory lane. Engage in a friendly spud-off by sharing tales of mashed potato mastery. What makes your mom’s version a legend, and how can the chef’s rendition stand up to the challenge? Who knows, you might even pick up a tip or two for your next family gathering, turning the dinner table into a friendly battleground of mashed potato supremacy.

I Don’t Eat Gluten

Gluten-free guru, let’s take a detour through the land of alternative options. Explore the chef’s gluten-free wonders and discover that Thanksgiving can be a feast for everyone, no matter their dietary preferences. Uncover the hidden gems that defy gluten while savoring the delicious nuances of a holiday spread crafted with care and consideration for all taste buds.

Is This Organic?

Organic enthusiast, let’s take a stroll through the farm-to-table journey. Embrace the chef’s dedication to quality ingredients and maybe even share your favorite organic finds. Spoiler alert: Thanksgiving is the real MVP of organic feasts. Uncover the secrets behind the fresh, farm-picked ingredients that elevate the holiday feast to a whole new level of wholesome goodness, making your organic exploration an essential part of the Thanksgiving experience.

I’m a Vegetarian Now

Vegetarian voyager, let’s explore the veggie side of Thanksgiving. Engage the chef in a dialogue about alternative main courses, discovering a world of meatless wonders that can tantalize even the most dedicated carnivores. Share in the chef’s journey of creating plant-based masterpieces, and you might find yourself on a flavorful adventure that transcends the traditional turkey-centric celebration.

Can I Get This Recipe? But Without the Onions, Garlic, and Spices

Recipe revamper, let’s take a pit stop in the land of culinary compromise. Work with the chef to create a personalized version that suits your taste buds without sacrificing the essence of the dish. Dive into the intricacies of flavor substitutions, and you might find that the modified recipe becomes a culinary masterpiece tailored to your preferences, all while preserving the chef’s original intent.

I’m on a Juice Cleanse

Juice journeyer, let’s divert from the liquid diet. Take a moment to savor the Thanksgiving delights, and who knows, you might just find yourself grateful for the solid goodness on your plate. Explore the richness of the holiday feast, where the flavors dance on your taste buds like a festive celebration, making the juice cleanse a distant memory in the face of Thanksgiving indulgence. After all, there’s no better occasion to break the cleanse than with a plate full of Thanksgiving joy.

There you have it

Thanksgiving is a day to take time to give thanks for the things we have. Each has their own reasons to give thanks. Share it with everyone. We’ll be going to our son’s family for Thanksgiving. It looks like a food feast all day. I’m sure there will be a football game in there somewhere also.

We hope you are enjoying these articles and are willing to continue to follow along as we share our adventures of learning about life in southern Illinois, This is an exciting area and we are so happy to be part of this area. Our lives are being fulfilled by the people we are meeting. Bruce & Karen.