Not even 20/20 vision could have helped veteran prognosticators accurately predict how a bizarre political season and an unprecedented pandemic would bring havoc to and impact our lives, livelihoods and lifestyles this year.

But as humanity has often done in times of peril, Americans have devised creative alternatives to replace many of the nation’s former norms and traditions which once characterized the status quo.

Now as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, we have yet another good reason to utilize our ingenuity as we adapt longtime family favorites.

So, while many Americans may follow the admonitions of health officials and celebrate the holiday virtually this year, it doesn’t mean you cannot have an enjoyable time.

Following COVID-19 guidelines which include using personal protective equipment and maintain distance between others may seem a bit overwhelming. Nonetheless, if we’re honest, it shouldn’t take us long to compile a list citing the many things and people for which we should be grateful.

The purpose of Thanksgiving is to dedicate a time for mindfully appreciating all the good that God and the universe have provided. For most, the bounty of blessings pales the delays, inconveniences or disappointments that we may be experiencing now.

At Plum Good LLC (, we believe the following: “When it is delicious, nutritious, and well prepared, sharing food is love.”

Food for Thought for Thanksgiving 2020
1. Plan the menu and the process so as to minimize multiple runs to the store.
2. Shop online for cooking needs, rather than in person (
3. Share the cooking experience and family recipes. Use Zoom to cook together. Include grandparents, aunts, uncles and others with whom you would have normally celebrated. Create a family cookbook. Have fun!
4. Pre-deliver deserts, exchanging them with friends and family members so that during your holiday meal, you can eat your cakes and pies together via Zoom or Facetime.
5. If you’re going to serve turkey, brine it for at least three hours to make it juicy and tasty. (See for recipes for holiday brines).
6. Cook the dressing outside the turkey and/or remove stuffing cooked inside as soon as you clean up
6. Do not overcook – neither the turkey or the amount of food. The crowd won’t be there this year, so there will be fewer orders for plates to go.
7. November is Diabetes Awareness Month, so consider serving diabetes-friendly recipes including sugar-free delicacies. Bake some yams in their jackets.
8. Be grateful!

For more information, contact Angela Chester-Johnson, chief flavor maker, Plum Good LLC. She can be reached at

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