Seasonal Sundays (Week 48) Thanksgiving Week

And so Thanksgiving is upon us, the lists, the shopping, the recipes, the cooking, the table setting, the pie baking, the turkey carving, the gravy making, the potato mashing, the gathering, the praying, the eating, the talk-talking, the going back for seconds-ing, the cleaning up, the big sighing of relief. It's a lot. Might it be sacred work, this?
Seasonal Sundays ♥, a seasonal collection of recipes and ideas.

Welcome to Seasonal Sundays

So I love the concept of sacred kitchen work, preparing the place and the sustenance that brings people together. There are certain meals when it seems that way, yes? So if Thanksgiving is feeling more burden than blessing, perhaps thinking of it as sacred work might help: a little simplification, a little letting go, wouldn't hurt either.

Thanksgiving is a day of union, if not unity. There we all are, kitchen to kitchen, city to country, state to state, all of us on the same day, eating the same turkey and the same mashed potatoes and the same green beans and sweet potatoes: it's a reminder of how more we're united, than divided.


Pick One is for those of us who are overwhelmed by life's choices. If that resonates, then check out this one recipe and then call it a day. It's one that I think could make the most difference, the one I hope will become a regular in your kitchen, as it is in mine.

Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes with Cranberry & Orange ♥, sweet with orange and tart with cranberry. Delicious!

Oven space is always at a premium at Thanksgiving but I love this recipe because it not only works for holiday meals but for every day. Enjoy!

Holes In Your Menu? Still Figuring It All Out?

Thanksgiving Menus, Recipes & More ♥, super-organized for easy browsing or targeted searches.

BREATHE. Make your lists. BREATHE AGAIN. Then execute.

Our Thanksgiving is up in the air. Am I cooking? Is anybody cooking? Are we going out and if so where and who's going to figure that out? But I've got my lists ready, focused on what can be made last minute. There are holes, for sure. Writing this, I've decided to buy a turkey, just in case, and if doesn't get cooked now, I'll move it to the freezer for later.

As for you, may I help?

But First? A Little Turkey Day Pre-Prep

MAKE WAY clean the fridge, top to bottom, before loading w Thanksgiving groceries!

MAKE SOUP before you start to cook, y'know, cuz people are gonna want food Mon-Tue-Wed too.

MAKE HAPPY pour a glass of wine the minute the turkey goes in the oven, this one courtesy of my sister, who's celebrating early today

Make Soup!

Sausage & Kale Split Pea Soup ♥, a classic split pea soup recipe made hearty with sausage and kale.


Homemade Whole Cranberry Sauce ♥, the convenience of the slow cooker, the natural sweetness of maple syrup, the sweet aroma of cranberries, fresh ginger and orange zest! Recipe, cooking tips, nutrition and Weight Watchers points included.

"... just what we like in a cranberry sauce" ~ Pat Y

Just Updated

World's Best Green Bean Casserole ♥, yesterday's comfort food made with fresh green beans and fresh mushrooms, no canned beans, no cream of mushroom soup. Rave reviews since 2006.

Signature Pies for Each State

No-Bake Pumpkin Cream Pie ♥, a simple creamy pumpkin pie, part pie, part cheesecake in an easy no-rolling press-in gingersnap crust. Totally simple and pleasing! Recipe, baking tips, nutrition, WW Weight Watchers points included.

First Question. Ever heard of a pawpaw pie? Me either but supposedly it's the "signature" pie here in Missouri, my home state! I found this a fascinating list, worth a quick around-the-country tour. Does your state's pie match up a little better?

We haven't done #PieDayFriday for quite awhile now but man, there's some pies on that list I'd like to try!

In the mean time, Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Leftovers

Turkey Salad Supper with Green Beans & Dried Cranberries, another Quick Supper ♥ like the big Thanksgiving feast but light and healthy.

I don't know about you, I never get tired of Thanksgiving leftovers, I just don't. (And besides, after a marathon week of cooking, the kitchen is c-l-o-s-e-d.) But what I am starved for is a salad, a really good salad. And this is a good one!

Thanksgiving Respite: Popeye's!

We've tried for weeks and finally got to taste the Popeye's chicken sandwich that's created so much fuss.

The verdict? We l-o-v-e-d it! That's big, considering fast food isn't our style and while we do eat it some times, it's never with particular relish.

Anyone else given it a try?!

Text Me Back!

That's it for today, people. Good luck and see you on the other side!

I'd love to hear from you. Comment, send me a quick e-mail via, dot-dash in Morse code, build a fire for smoke signals, whatever.

Kitchen Parade is written by second-generation food columnist Alanna Kellogg and features fresh, seasonal dishes for every-day healthful eating and occasional indulgences. Quick Suppers are Kitchen Parade favorites and feature recipes easy on the budget, the clock, the waistline and the dishwasher. Do you have a favorite recipe that other Kitchen Parade readers might like? Just send me a quick e-mail via How to print a Kitchen Parade recipe. Never miss a recipe! If you like this recipe, sign up for a free e-mail subscription. If you like Kitchen Parade, you're sure to like my food blog about vegetable recipes, too, A Veggie Venture. If you make this recipe, I'd love to know your results! Just leave a comment below.

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