While Sarah Jessica Parker now considers herself to be a Thanksgiving pro, she used to have serious turkey anxiety.

By Maria Yagoda
Updated November 24, 2016 10:15 PM
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While Sarah Jessica Parker now considers herself to be a Thanksgiving pro, she used to have serious turkey anxiety.

In an interview with Bon Appetit, the Divorce actress opened up the terrifying experience of cooking her very first Thanksgiving meal. As if that task weren’t anxiety-inducing enough, her boyfriend’s family was coming over for it.

“I was so scared. I had never cooked a turkey in my life and I was really, really young and I remember having a dream the night before that I had only cooked a carcass. I pulled it out, revealed it, and it was a carcass,” she said. (Terrifying, but at least only a nightmare.)

Despite never having cooked any lone turkey carcasses, Parker admits that she’s had varying success with cooking the bird over the years, but her most crowd-pleasing dish is peas.

“I always cook baby peas with sour cream, salted butter, and grainy mustard. It’s crazy good. People love it and want to inject it into their bloodstream,” she said. “It’s so easy. And then we put some fresh cracked pepper on top. Recently, I made up this dish: I love yams and sweet potatoes. I boil them and then I put them in a baking dish with olive oil, butter, lemon juice, and cayenne.”

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The actress is lucky enough to be joined by another excellent home cook: her husband, Matthew Broderick. Yet Parker’s absolute favorite dish—pumpkin pie—is one that no one in the family actually cooks. They’ve been ordering the classic dessert from New York’s Little Pie Company for “10 or 15 years.” In fact, Parker orders so many pumpkin pies that they “can’t fit them anywhere.”

“We put them on the floor of the laundry room or in the back of a minivan where it’s cold,” she said. “We put them outside because they don’t fit in the fridge, and we eat the pies for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. My daughter, Tabitha, goes crazy for them.”

Having too much pumpkin pie seems like the most delightful problem ever.