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Thank you to Squanto and members of the Wampanoag Native American tribe who in 1621 welcomed a boatful of strangers to their land. They didn’t attack or imprison them. Instead they gave them food and counsel, taught them how to hunt, and helped them survive a rough winter.
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Thanksgiving: The Great Cranberry Sauce Debate


I found a way to reconcile the homemade v. canned Cranberry Sauce debate. Serve BOTH.

I found a way to reconcile the homemade v. canned Cranberry Sauce debate. Serve BOTH.

Thanksgiving is a very traditional time for my family. They look forward to the straightforward turkey dinner with all the trimmings – gravy, stuffing, mashed and sweet potatoes, and so on. It’s such a treat, probably because Thanksgiving is the only time any of us have this meal.

For the past few years, I have had the pleasure of hosting upwards of 20 people at my Thanksgiving table. It’s a fun day. I get to cook my heart out watching the annual Macy’s parade on TV (We actually went a couple times when the kids were small), and after dinner we go for walks and play cards.

Every year I like to try out a new recipe for Thanksgiving, just for fun, to see how it goes.
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Thanksgiving: Confessions of a stuffing junkie


What's Thanksgiving without stuffing? I mean dressing! Whatever...

What’s Thanksgiving without stuffing? I mean dressing! Whatever, it’s delicious!

It’s almost Thanksgiving, my absolute favorite time of the year. I love every single thing about it. From crafting the menu to making sure I have enough silverware and chargers for the plates for all the guests coming to my home.

While others are frantically muttering to themselves in obscenely crowded supermarket lines, I’m smiling. I doublecheck my shopping list. Did I get enough Kerry Irish butter? How about fresh raspberries for my lovely niece Lynn, and yeast for Brian’s pepperoni-cheese bread?

Thanksgiving is a great holiday because it doesn’t involve gift giving. It’s all about the four  F’s — fun, family, friendship, and food.
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