Monday, November 22, 2010

Traditional Turkey Triumphs for Thanksgiving!: Post for Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The other day, I sat down and wrote a menu for Thanksgiving dinner.

Keep in mind that in my home library there are five shelves comprised entirely of cookbooks; more than 50 recipe-filled magazines sit in milk cartons in a room on the second floor; and hundreds of recipes can be searched on the Internet.

So what new things will guests find on the table this Thanksgiving?  The answer is "none."  The dinner will be traditional from start to finish. The exact foods I've eaten at Thanksgiving dinner since childhood will be served.

To me, no stuffing in the world ever tastes as good a my late paternal grandmother's giblet stuffing.  It's moist, succulent, and immensely tasty. There's just no other stuffing like it anywhere and I'll be making a huge batch of it for Thanksgiving dinner as well as to send home in containers for guests. Of course, there must be some left over to eat with turkey sandwiches, too.

There will also be potatoes whipped with an eight ounce package of cream cheese, butter, salt, and pepper; boiled turnips with butter; cranberry sauce; gravy; and fresh rolls.  A side veggie and dessert will be brought by guests.

As we all sit around the table this Thanksgiving, we will think of all those loved ones who have gone before us to the other realm of life. They will be missed terribly.

I will also think of our son and new daughter-in-law who are having their first Thanksgiving as husand and wife. We will miss them terribly as we wish them hearts filled with happiness.

Later in the day, we will see more family at another house and have coffee with them. 

We will also be thankful for all the tremendous blessings in our lives, including a traditional Thanksgiving dinner!



Leslie @ goodbye, house! HELLO, HOME! said...

It sounds like you'd have to roll me out the door after a Thanksgiving Day meal in your home!
I'd be fat and happy!
I always serve my corn casserole:
A chopped onion sauteed in one stick of butter, add to that a Jiffy corn muffin mix, 2 eggs, a can of creamed and a can of whole corn. Pour into 13X9 pan. Bake 1/2 hour at 350. Take it out, spread 16 oz sour cream over the top of that, then sprinkle 8 oz. sharp cheddar over that, pop back in the oven for 15 minutes. Done!
Every year.
Only on Thanksgiving, though.
There. Now you have my secret family recipe!
Happy thanksgiving to you and your family!
i am blessed to know YOU!
P.S. Your amberglass is yummo.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Wow I guess besides the turkey, it has to be cornbread dressing. My Mom's is the best! Have wonderful day.

Bookie said...

Sounds wonderful all but those turnips! Our meal will be the same traditional stuff. Black and green olives are something that meant holidays when I was a kid, long story behind it, but not they seem rather commom place. Have a great holiday...sounds like it is all lined up for you!

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Your amber glass collection is beautiful! Like you I have ample cookbooks on 10 shelves! And like you our Thanksgiving dinner will be very traditional. I'm making dad's stuffing and bringing it to my sisters, and I'll make a pan for my brother and for me. A total of 10 pounds of potatoes goes into this stuffing! It's delicious!

Linda O'Connell said...

It is the leftovers that I crave. Cold turkey and dressing with cranberries for breakfat on the day after. Yummy. My kids used to like turkey with stuffing and gravy all in one pan sothered in cheese, served open face.

Leann said...

Our dinner will be all about traditions - nothing new including the cranberry sauce straight out of the can - yuck! I tried fresh cranberry sauce one year with orange segment and boy did I hear about it! Geez it was like I shot someone. Other times they are fine with new things, but Thanksgiving? Nope.

Wishing you a wonderful day!

LDH said...

Traditional Thanksgiving dinner is always the very best! It is one of the reasons Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I might throw in a new dish but never at the expense of a traditional one. No way... I can imagine those perfect flavors and textures even now. Any deviation would be disappointing :)

Best wishes to you and yours this Thanksgiving Day!

Ciara said...

Wow, what a spread! Always loved the idea of celebrating Thanksgiving. It makes such sense. A perfectly lovely celebration.

We have to wait until Christmas for our annual, traditional dinner!

Chatty Crone said...

You know Susan - experimentation is all fine and good - but when you get something everyone likes - they learn to look forward to it and expect it. If it's not broke - don't fix it.

My MIL used to make polish sausage (and turkey) - you can't get it here - but it made the house smell so good - and we sorely miss her and the polish sausage.


Adrienne said...

Like Leslie we have my Mom's cream style corn casserole. It's very similar except we add sliced green olives and bake it in my Mom's old casserole dish (which, of course, Leslie couldn't do unless we had the same Mother and than we'd be squabbling over that casserole dish - you get the idea ;-)

The addition of the sour cream sounds heavenly but hubby is not crazy about sour cream. How weird is that???

Actually hubby has taken over the chore of making the corn for years and years.

This year we're going out to eat (if we're not snowed in.)

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