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Favorite Thanksgiving Traditions

What Are Your Favorite Thanksgiving Traditions?

Thanksgiving is about homey, comforting recipes with simple ingredients that are cooked to perfection. From the time that we're in elementary school, we have images imprinted in our brains of what Thanksgiving looks and tastes like: pumpkin pie, cornbread, and, of course, the main event of a big, beautiful bird.

But depending on where you grew up, or where your family comes from, you may have some traditions that seem synonymous with the holiday in your kitchen, but differ from other houses on your block. Do you go with a sit-down supper or do you opt for buffet-style line? Are there any dishes that absolutely have to be on your table, or else it's not really Thanksgiving?

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ClaudiaR ClaudiaR 5 years
I LOVE thanksgiving. It's always held at my moms house so I get to enjoy her delicious turkey and homemade sides! If your looking for some new sides to make or want to buy a side to bring to your thanksgiving dinner check out this my list on Trader Joe's Thanksgiving Sides..Enjoy :) : http://www.skinnyscoop.com/list/claudia/thanksgiving-sides-your-trader-joes-cheat-sheet#sfa
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 5 years
fuzzles, that's something I'm totally going to have to try!
fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
Ooooh. And for veggies, celery sticks, carrot sticks and cherry tomatoes are favorites. Baby spinach leaves as well, for making cream cheese "burritos."
fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
Sure, limelindsey! I hate to measure, so this is a best-guess type of recipe. For each brick of softened cream cheese, mix in the olive juice from the jar until you've reached the consistency of peanut butter. Lob in roughly four tablespoons of chopped green olives with pimento and roughly 2 tablespoons of chopped yellow onion. Then mix in the freshly ground pepper to taste, and add more olives or onions to taste--you'll want it fairly chunky. Then toss it in the fridge. That's it! This is one of those dishes that gets so much better with time. I always make it the night before. But if time doesn't allow, 2-3 hours in the fridge should work fine.
limelindsey limelindsey 5 years
PS to Fuzzles: that dip sounds amazing! What's the proportion of olives to cream cheese? Can you post a recipe?
limelindsey limelindsey 5 years
Pie for breakfast! Our Thanksgiving is SO not formal. People dig into the pie all day long because we all love it! So for me, it's eating pie and drinking coffee in my PJs, watching the Macy's parade with my dad.
Camilla-Salem Camilla-Salem 5 years
We're all traditional, all the way, even though HALF of our family is foreign! :)
fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
We always nosh on olive dip with fresh veggies while cooking the meal. Always. Very simple--softened cream cheese, chopped green olives and onion, a little juice from the olive jar, and some freshly ground pepper. The rest of the meal is negotiable, but not the dip!
millarci millarci 5 years
Other than the turkey, it's not Thanksgiving at our house unless there is a pumpkin cheesecake and Christmas music. My dad starts playing Christmas music from Thanksgiving til Christmas. I love the holidays! :)
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