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Mary Beth's Blog

I want to eat real food. I want my family to eat real food. Armed with this plan, I know I can do it. I am a real person, with real kids in a regular ol' kitchen cranking out dinner. Find out my inspiration for the menus, what's happening in my kitchen, and the achievements on the kid-friendly front.


2013-11-22 | 0 comments
Could Thanksgiving be the ultimate Throwback Thursday? I think – yes!
If we were to throwback to Thanksgiving dinners past, you would see us enjoying the exact same dishes that our Moms, Dads, Aunts and Grammas made. Lord knows I’ve tried to “update” a few of these but they were massive failures. Not because they weren’t delicious of course ;) - but because I messed with the traditions. Now, I am very loyal to the menu that I have done for years.
Our traditions are how we weave the together the generations on Thanksgiving. Even though much of my family is gone and I live very far away from the rest, I am immediately boosted when I see my kids following my Gram’s recipe for her Cape Cod cranberry relish, my Mom’s Clam Dip or my Aunt Gail’s family stuffing – that isn’t stuffing at all but some old French Canadian mashed potato/turkey drippings/ground meat number.  It’s so wrong and so damn good. And, it’s on my Thanksgiving buffet every year.
I can’t wait for my house to smell “just like home” as the bird roasts and we set our table with the family china.  Some day, my kids will create this same day in their homes with their kids– and I’ll just be visiting!!
About this week’s Plan: It’s a pretty short Produce list since your fridge will be overloaded with all of the Thanksgiving ingredients. And, I did not include a dinner on Thursday - Duh! – but, I did post a fantastic Mushroom Pate recipe that you can make days ahead and bring to any party this holiday season. It’s not too tough and tastes fancy. It’s a winner.
I’ll leave you with my final Throwback Thursday Thanksgiving tradition – Watch the Parade? Go for a hike? Watch the game? Nope. You gotta load up your fingertips with black olives from the cocktail-hour relish tray!
Happy Thanksgiving.


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