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Thanksgiving A&I Blog...

Friday, November 15, 2013

This week's question: What are some Thanksgiving traditions you have done or now do with your family?

My Thanksgiving's have always been unique as my Mom is French and obviously they do not celebrate the holiday. Also, Mom & I have never been very big turkey lovers. My Dad passed away in 2001 and from that point on, Thanksgiving became even more nontraditional emoticon

When my Dad was living, and I was an adult, I remember him having me help cut up veggies for his delicious sausage dressing and a crab salad recipe from a Louisiana chef on tv. I think that looking back, my thoughts on traditions seem to center around food emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I believe last year when my DD was in 1st grade, she had to cut out pictures of our meals at Thanksgiving and Christmas. I remember we talked about grilled shrimp, capon, ham, coquille St Jacques (scallops in a yummy creamy wine sauce with mushrooms served on a shell), mash potatoes, French style green beans with garlic, butter & parsley. Mom used to order dessert of some sort from a catalog-chocolate usually.

This year we will have Thanksgiving at our apartment. Composing this blog has made me think of some ideas for what I would like to serve. What will you serve for Thanksgiving this year?

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AMYBELLES 11/19/2013 12:30AM

    Yes, it is funny how holiday traditions usually center around food! As much as I like the turkey and all the "traditional" Thanksgiving foods, I love change and love trying new recipes-mixing both old and new is the best, in my opinion. I think all of the French dishes sound delicious!

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STEPBYSTEP1955 11/17/2013 11:23AM

    emoticon for sharing your TD traditions and plan.

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    We've been having Thanksgiving at my sister's house on whatever day works for our various schedules. My sister does the turkey, I usually make the asparagus and carrots au grautin, another sister makes pies and a concoction from Gramma Walker consisting of eggs, coffee, sugar, vanilla, butter poured over vanilla wafers. (And we wonder why heart disease runs in the family!) Sweet and white potatoes, cooked green vegetables ... and bread.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 11/16/2013 5:18AM

    Since my husband's family is Italian, I always make lasagna in addition to the turkey.

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CATHYGETSFIT 11/16/2013 3:30AM

    Thanksgiving seems to be pretty unique to everyone. It doesn't matter what you serve instead it is usually about being with those you love. Glad that writing this blog made you think of some ideas for what you would like to serve. We will not be serving anything this year. My nephew (DH's nephew) and his wife invited all of the relatives that live within 150 miles of them to come over for Thanksgiving dinner. The last time we went over there for TD we had mexican food. lol It was a unique TD dinner that's for sure. emoticon

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PINKNFITCARLA 11/15/2013 8:20PM

    Thanksgiving has always been a holiday for family time for us. Doesn't matter whose house or what we eat, but it's just having the day together. As the kids got older and have their own families, we still try to always get together at least this one day. We generally have many traditional foods: turkey, ham, potatoes, stuffing,corn pudding, roasted asparagus, a cranberry jello dessert mold, pumpkin pie and rolls.

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DBELLE39 11/15/2013 7:26PM

    Thanksgiving should be mostly about spending time with those near & dear to our hearts. That's why it's my favorite holiday, not as commercialized as the other ones like Easter or Christmas. My Dh doesn't like turkey either. But since we usually are feeding 20-25 each year, we cook a turkey, ham & sometimes even a deer tenderloin with all the trimmings --stuffing, gravy, potato salad, waldorf salad, sweet potato souffle, collards, lima beans & a place of fresh sliced veggies. Then there's usually pies & cakes of everyone's liking. But trust me, leftovers is something in rarity. LOL.

Your menu sounds tasty, I love cooking the green beans in butter & garlic, although I've not added parsley, may have to try that the next time.

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