Renaissance Dad: Grillin’ Thanksgiving

Renaissance Dad: Grillin’ Thanksgiving

“What we’re really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving?”

Erma Bombeck

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, but it’s no secret that (especially for us in the kitchen) it can bring with it a lot of chaos, stress, and performance anxiety.

So many dishes, so many people, and so many “cherished family traditions” that must be upheld it’s well-nigh impossible to make it through the day without at least some drama.

That’s one reason I love to fire up the grill every November . . . it’s a peaceful place to gather with others seeking to escape the pandemonium of the kitchen, or sometimes just take a few deep breaths all alone, and prepare some delicious dishes in the blessed quiet of my deck.

So, if, like me, you sometimes need a holiday escape route from all of the togetherness, consider moving your main dish, and maybe even a couple of sides, out of the kitchen, and out of the house.

Here are my two “go to” Thanksgiving menu items from the grill.

To read the rest of this article, pick up a copy of the November 2019 issue at any of these locations, or view the digital archive copy below.

Perry P. Perkins is a third-generation chef, award-winning writer, and culinary instructor. He lives with his family in Longview, and operates the MY KITCHEN Outreach Program, for at-risk and under-served youth. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including sixteen “Chicken Soup for the Soul” anthologies. He is also a reoccurring guest-chef on AM Northwest. More of Perry’s work can be found on Amazon at, and his cooking blog at

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