A few years ago, I took over Thanksgiving cooking duties for the family with my cousin Leslie. Weeks before Turkey Day, we pour over New York Times and Bon Appétit recipes we've had our eye on and devise a detailed spreadsheet with a shopping list and run of show.
It's all part of the fun, but at some point when I have my hand deep inside a raw bird's cavity, I'm going to daydream about summoning my favorite Houston food to my parents' home in the Hudson Valley. I got to thinking: If logistics were no object, which dishes would make up my perfect Thanksgiving meal? Who has the best mac and cheese, the most buttery mashed potatoes, or the most decadent pie?