I have a tiny family: my parents, one sister, two grandparents, a handful of aunts and uncles and one first cousin. One. Consequently, our holidays are incredibly low-key. No spreadsheets, no planning weeks in advance, no last-minute disasters. My mom usually throws Thanksgiving dinner together day-of and it's always perfect.
There aren't a lot of duties to go around, so I try to really perfect the one dish I'm in charge of -- this year, pumpkin pie. There are a thousand recipes for it and too often it turns out very meh. This is not a quick-and-easy pie but I promise you, this is a pie worth making. Homemade gingersnap cookies turn into a homemade pie crust, filled with a not-too-sweet pumpkin filling and topped with a thick bourbon whipped cream. (Homemade whipped cream is my favorite food.)