A grand holiday centered on gratitude … Thanksgiving

by Melinda

I know. This is a Christmas website but folks, Thanksgiving is a MAJOR holiday and it too deserves attention. In fact, more families travel to be together at Thanksgiving than they do at Christmas.

And besides, there is a strong link between the two: The Christmas season “officially” starts AFTER Thanksgiving.


This is a short post because I’m ready to start my holiday weekend … including some cooking today to make tomorrow easier and far less hectic.

If you’re still looking for something different to do for side dishes, I found a few that are scrumptious.

The titles and featured vegetable or fruit might have you thinking, “Same ol’ – same ol'” but I assure you they’re not.

Sweet potatoes and apples are good for you. This sweet potato casserole combines the two. It’s a unique recipe from way back.

Like green beans? Ready to fix them with something besides mushroom soup (although I love them that way)? Here’s a different way to cook green beans plus a delicious cranberry relish recipe.

Enjoy!

Thankful for our blessings.

Okay. Now you’re set for the big day. What about the days after Thanksgiving and all the leftovers?

Before I offer you that recipe, I wanted to mention that Mexico and Central America are essentially responsible for our love of turkey. They domesticated the fowl long before any European explorers or settlers arrived.

I’m fond of traditions so I thought it appropriate to share a Mexican recipe for turkey leftovers.

I found it in the New York Times “Dining and Wining” section. As the article says it’s a “… quite tasty version of sopa de lima, the restorative and delicious Mexican soup popular in the Yucatán.”

I’m going to give it a try. How about you?

Meanwhile, Happy Thanksgiving! And I’m so grateful for you and all the readers of this blog.

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