Thanksgiving Recipe Round-Up

Thanksgiving day food offers up my very favorite food collection of the year. For me, the food of Thanksgiving is steeped in tradition, tying generations of family together.When I was growing up, we would often be at my Granny’s house for Thanksgiving. I LOVED being there. I loved walking into her house and smelling the food that was cooking, but more than that, I loved seeing my grandmother. She would always be at her appointed place in front of the stove cooking what was guaranteed to be the most phenomenal food imaginable. Her food was simple, made with simple ingredients and blessed with love. Granny blessed me with even more love and I will always be eternally grateful to her for setting a beautiful example of what a grandmother should be. I always felt warm and safe when I was with her.

At some point, in a future post, I will dedicate the post to writing about Granny’s remarkable life. It is the stuff of which novels are written.

I’ve strayed, as usual. This post is a round-up of recipe ideas for Thanksgiving. Some of them are traditional in my family and some of them are new to our family.

Note: Please forgive some of the photography. I am learning to improve my skills. Some of these photos are from when I was a beginner. However, no matter the quality of the photos, the food represented here is very tasty!

Breads

These are made from store-bought frozen roll dough.
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Very easy; just stir the dough in a bowl.
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 Condiments
Fancy name, outstanding flavor, and so easy to make.
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Traditional, homemade.
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The Turkey

This is truly the best turkey I have ever eaten; moist, tender, and so flavorful.
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Salads

 Watergate Salad Watergate Salad 

Yes, THE Watergate salad.
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Make the night before Thanksgiving, except leave off the cheese and bacon toppings until just before serving.
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 Practically a vintage recipe; it has withstood the test of time.
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 Sides
These are outrageously good! Must use smoked paprika.
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 Ultimate family favorite at my house.
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A traditional Southern cornbread dressing.
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This is a very traditional low country South Carolina take on mac and cheese. It is held together with a savory custard and baked in the oven. The recipe originated in Barbados in the 1700-1800’s.
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Desserts
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Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I hope that all will go smoothly for you. Safe journey and good cookin’.

Comments

  1. says

    Terri – we must have been neighbors growing up. Almost every single recipe brings back memories. That last one – the chocolate delight was always one of my most favorite desserts. LOVE them all and your photos are great – all of them. I hope you have a blessed holiday with family and friends.

    • says

      Tricia–considering how many places I lived growing up, we very well could have been neighbors! I agree with you about the chocolate delight; I have probably eaten my weight in it x 10 over the years. My only regret is that I can no longer eat chocolate–ba humbug.

  2. says

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Terri, thank you for your wonderful recipes and sharing your life with all of us. I for one would love to hear your Grandmother’s story.

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