Thanksgiving Favorites

N and I have lived all but two and a half of our nearly thirty-two years together, away from our families. It's mainly for that reason (and our small house) we've always piled into the car to spend holidays with kinfolk.

Over the first decade, our assigned contributions were desserts, relish trays and rolls, but now we're usually in charge of a side or two, a dessert and wine.
The desserts we've created may not all have been beautiful, but they've usually been tasty--especially with the addition of whipped cream.  (Thank goodness for whipped cream!)  I like to experiment with new recipes, which isn't always the best plan when cooking for others.

In the past few years, daughter Fran and I have begun to try new to us sides to test on the family.  The first one that I can remember, was a combination of onion and apple rings with bacon and croutons (similar to this).  The recipe sounded so good, but as far as looks go?  Not so much.  BUT the Swedish dish turned out to be an awesome accompaniment to ham.  Last year, Fran made cauliflower gratin.  Family members who have always hated cauliflower loved this recipe.  I wonder what Fran's thinking about making this year . . .

What are your Thanksgiving favorites?  Recipes are welcome!
Happy cooking!

10 comments:

Nate Rafn said...

This post really gets me excited about Turkey Day! As for the food, my family keeps things pretty classic. One of my favorite dishes is Grandpa's yam casserole.

KandN said...

Grandpa cooks? That's awesome!
I know what you mean, Nate. The planning and preparation are almost more fun than the eating--almost.

Anonymous said...

Lasagna is my favorite. I'm not into Thanksgiving foods. But, more for you! :)

Salem Man said...

Leftovers are the most underrated part of Thanksgiving. You want to be one of the people who has access to those Tupperware containers overflowing with cooked bird and stuffing. If you are visiting relatives, tell them you have lots of room in your fridge if they need the space. If they decline, just get too drunk to drive home and crash on their couch. When you wake up mid day, suggest turkey sandwiches to cure the hangover. Not that I have ever done this before.

KandN said...

Salem Man, Now that's an awesome idea! And so doable, since sis #1 is in White Salmon. , ... maybe I'll take some infused tequila after all.

KandN said...

Anon#1, Lasagna? Have you sold the rest of your family on this meal?

Anonymous said...

KandN. Yep, every year it's Lasagna with cherry pie for dessert! BEST Thanksgiving's ever!!!

KandN said...

Anon, Will you share this lasagna recipe? Must be a good one!

Anonymous said...

KandN--I could say it's a secret family lasagna recipe but actually it's from a really old Betty Crocker cookbook. My mom has made it for years. And yes, it is super yummy. I know Garfield would love it. :)

Pam said...

Hey Anon, I'm the only one in my family who loves lasagna so much I would eat it every day if I could.

...can I come over to your house on Thanksgiving?

Lasagna aside, I have to put in a big vote for my sister Tina's stuffing. She got her recipe from the mom of a long-ago ex-boyfriend in another state... and this year is sharing it with her new mother in law here in Oregon. Yep, it's pretty darn good stuffing to cross the lines from ex-boyfriend to impressing the inlaws.