Posted by: Susan Hanniford Crowley | November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving Traditions by Gerri Brousseau

Happy Thanksgiving, dear readers. Only in the U.S. could there be a holiday completely devoted to over stuffing yourself. Today I’m going to tell you what this wonderful holiday is like for my family. We begin our day with a shared breakfast as we watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. Since I do most of the cooking, I’m running between the kitchen and living room because the turkey must get into the oven. Yes, the guest of honor at the table is the turkey, who usually gets a diferent name every year. I believe last year it was Gertie the Birdie.

Now for my family there are always certain foods we MUST have to accompany old Tom (or Gertie) in the enjoyment of our feast. Please keep in mind, everyone works full time here and everything is made from … scratch! The turkey will be fresh, never frozen! Perish the thought. The stuffing is Mom’s original recipe, as nothing else is good enough to grace our Thanksgiving table. There will be twice baked potatoes, sweet potato casserole (not the recipe with marshmellows, but Mom’s recipe with the Grand Mariner), there will be a pasta dish which is usually stuffed shells (home made, including the sauce), there will be green bean casserole (yes, the one with the french fried onion rings), there will probably be steamed broccoli, toss salad, butternut nut squash, homemade cranberry sauce (the canned will never do), rolls (because some of the family members like to make tiny sandwiches of their meals) and of course … pie (home made and no cheating by using the store bought pie crusts … and yes, they can tell the difference!)

We all sit together at the table, family and friends, hand in hand to say grace. And then the feasting begins. We eat … and eat … and eat … until we are completely stuffed. Elastic waist sweats must be worn by all. Then, we make our way to the living room and do what every other red-blooded American does on Thanksgiving … we watch football!

The table gets cleared off, and then when we feel that the food has settled enough, we have pie. Pumpkin pie, apple pie, chocolate cream pie, and sometimes there are other offerings such as brownies, spice squares, and occasionally pumpkin cookies.

Only then, after eating our fill from the dessert table, do we all fall into overstuffed chairs and slip into a turkey coma.  But, when we wake it’s time for the most coveted coulinary pleasure of the year … the leftover turkey sandwich complete with stuffing and cranberry sauce. Ah, Thanksgiving.

And now, dear readers, I wish you a happy day, hopefully filled with family, friends, food and a lot of love. Just looking at the faces of those I cherish sitting around the table … and this writer knows exactly what I have to be thankful for.  And this year … there is a new and beautiful little face at our table, my 3-month old granddaughter, Parker. Please take a moment to share with us today and tell us what you have to be thankful for this year.

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  1. Sounds yummy Gerri . . . any chance at getting that Grand Marnier recipe??? :D mmmm


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