The company at Thanksgiving dinner was wonderful, but the food was, by my standards, a great disappointment. The challenge has been to figure out what I would have done differently. Going into the meal, I was concerned that people would find the food too spicy for their liking; instead the food came out bland. After going through the consideration of making new foods for Thanksgiving, I decided to stick with the traditional foods I have cooked for years.
Because I have made these dishes many times, there was no excuse for them turning out the way they did.
I have gone over everything I could imagine that could cause the dishes to come out the way they did.
I purchased the ingredients just days before preparing the meal, so everything was fresh.
I did not have a cold or sinus problems affecting my sense of taste or smell.
Still, something had to be going on for every dish to come out so bland tasting that I was embarrassed to serve it. Of course, I did not know it was so bland until I actually took it out of the oven to serve it.
Everyone who ate the meal said it was wonderful and thanked me many time for having them over, but after tasting the food myself, I am convinced they were just being polite. Despite their polite assurances, my search continues to get to the origin of blah.