“We’re just going back to basics,” shares cookbook author Danielle Walker. Since you’re not catering to a larger group, you can hand select your favorite dishes from the mix, and skip the ones you know you won’t miss. For me, that means skipping stuffing and turkey in favor of sweet potatoes and Brussel sprouts—but it’s up to you (and perhaps your small group) what you go for.
If you’re particularly missing family, it might be nice to call them for favorite recipes to try making them yourself—or have each person in your pod bring their personal favorite, if you are seeing a few people. “It’s nice to make things that are comforting and nostalgic,” Walker says, “we’re definitely not skipping it, we’re just doing it smaller.”