Seasonal Sundays (Week 47) Thanksgiving

It's Turkey Day minus 11 so best to get organized, yes? For a little extra inspiration, I've collected recipes for my "dream" Thanksgiving dinner, all the staples plus a few surprises.

Seasonal Sundays ♥, a seasonal collection of recipes and life ideas in and out of the kitchen.

Welcome to Seasonal Sundays ...

Well. Now that everyone's on board for pie for breakfast on Thanksgiving – right?! – I guess it's about time to put together an actual dinner plan.

Truth is, I l-o-v-e to cook Thanksgiving dinner and have ever since my first at age 16. What mom gives over the kitchen on Thanksgiving? With guests coming? Mine! I imagine she helped hovered but still.

So it's a great sadness in my life that, because this is just how it is, Thanksgiving has become more chore than cheer. I tell myself that it's just one day a year. I tell myself it's not about the food. I tell myself that it's fine, even Enough. (This year? If all goes to plan, it's gonna be way more than "enough"!)

So no wonder, I throw myself not only into sharing Thanksgiving recipes but also organizing what's become an impressive collection. It's like vicariously cooking Thanksgiving dinners in thousands of kitchens!


  • THE COLLECTION My Very Best Thanksgiving Vegetable Recipes Super-organized by the holiday's favorite vegetables.
  • Multiple recipes for each vegetable, sorted by cooking methods (oven-roasting, slow cooker, etc.)
  • A personal "Pick One" for each vegetable – avoiding search & decision overload!
  • Expanded to include Thanksgiving Appetizers, Thanksgiving Salads & Thanksgiving Pies


SEASONAL INSPIRATION: My Dream Thanksgiving Meal

How to Roast a Whole Turkey with the Dry Brine Method ♥ Simple Technique, Superior Results. Many Practical Tips. Recipe, insider tips, nutrition & Weight Watchers points included.

Sausage Stuffing (Turkey Dressing) ♥, my grandmother's recipe for sausage stuffing, just sausage, good bread, herbs and an egg-milk binding. Stuff a turkey with it or just bake in the oven.

Perfect Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes (Party Potatoes) ♥, rich, fluffy mashed potatoes, perfect for parties and family gatherings.

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.

Squash Puff ♥, an old family recipe traditional at Thanksgiving, a welcome savory make-ahead casserole, just creamy winter squash topped with pumpkin seeds. Rave reviews! Weight Watchers Friendly. Vegetarian.

Homemade Butterhorns (Thanksgiving Crescent Rolls) ♥, my grandmother's recipe for butterhorns, the 'crescent rolls' so often served at Thanksgiving.

Homemade Whole Cranberry Sauce for the Slow Cooker ♥, the convenience of the slow cooker plus the sweet aroma of cranberries, fresh ginger and orange zest!

Thanksgiving Sweet Buffet

Pie for breakfast or after the big meal? Check out last week's Seasonal Sundays where the focus was Thanksgiving Pies.

Here are some more ideas. This might be the best part of Thanksgiving!

Cranberry Apple Crisp ♥, my signature dessert during cold weather. A classic sweet apple crisp, punched up cranberries and brandy-soaked currants, bright with citrus and ginger.
  • THE RECIPE Cranberry Apple Crisp A wintry take on fall's favorite, my signature dessert during cold weather.
  • ANOTHER TAKE Extra-Crispy Apple Crisp My very own "perfect" recipe, barely sweet apples firm and tart, topped with an extra-crispy topping, thanks to a secret ingredient.

Fresh Cranberry Cake ♥, a rustic cake that pops with fresh cranberries, best made a day ahead so perfect for potlucks and holiday gifts.
  • THE RECIPE Fresh Cranberry Cake Best made a day ahead.
  • ANOTHER TAKE Fresh Cranberry Bars A chewy almost-blondie molasses and spice bar with bursts of juicy cranberry, topped with a scattering of sugar "snow".

Fresh Cranberry Bars ♥, a chewy almost-blondie molasses and spice bar with bursts of juicy cranberry, topped with a scattering of sugar snow. No mixer required.
  • THE RECIPE Fresh Cranberry Bars A chewy almost-blondie molasses and spice bar with bursts of juicy cranberry, topped with a scattering of sugar "snow".
  • ANOTHER TAKE Snickerdoodle Bars Snickerdoodle flavors with the firm, chewy texture of blondies.

Made Me Think ...

  • Saturday shoppers, wow, so many of us are in a r-u-s-h.
  • Saturday shoppers, quite a few adult-child/elderly-parent pairs, the adult children looking strained and stressed, the elderly parent smiling and relaxed.
  • Apparently Folgers is trying to seem all cool again? (NPR story) For us, Folgers is totally cool. We love Folger's 100% Colombian, a stronger blend recommended by Cook's Illustrated many many years ago.

  • For anyone who's already a subscriber to the New York Times, let me recommend the Frank Bruni newsletter. Most issues, he includes a few brilliant lines from other journalists, mostly sourced from fellow language-loving readers.

  • I love this post from Bev Cooks. She starts off, "I’m just genuinely curious – what makes you the happiest? And I’m not really talking about the broad scope of life – family, friends and health. Not that. Let’s go tiny. Let’s get microscopic. Let’s dig!" And then she lists a few small things that bring her joy.
  • Right now sitting outside working on my laptop in an unseasonably lovely November. And a few feet off is a gangly jack o' lantern tucked in among other pumpkins and the last of some summer pots. The whole vignette makes me smile!
  • Journal keepers, do keep a page titled Things That Make Me Smile? It's fun to look back upon ...

It's Not Politics. It's Civics.
It's Like Voting Every Day. Legally.

The country needs calm, thoughtful and assertive voices amid the chaos inflicted by a minority hellbent on taking/retaining power by strangling democratic principles and equal rights.

It's time to look up, study up and speak up. Make your voice heard!

Don't get overwhelmed. None of us have to personally change the world.


Pick one thing and put it on top of your To Do List this week. Next week, add another.

Here are my suggestions. I'll be adding to this list ...

NEXT WEEK? Stay tuned in but sure, take a short break! It's a lot, what we've been through, what we're in the midst of. It's okay to take a breath, even a short breather.

That said, if you've got time and strength to invest, here's a list of Georgia grassroots efforts, collected by the organizing dynamo Jessica Craven whose daily list of do-able actions is inspiring. Just do one thing, seriously.

Or to directly fund Georgia Run-off Election activities in support of Reverend Warnock and retaining/building the margin in the Senate, contribute to the Georgia Fund. (Walker vs Warnock? really? what a frightening tool that ex jock's been made into.)


What was your polling place like? Ours was packed – cars parked on the street, lines way out the door – but the everybody was cheerful and the election officials were great. I was so happy to see a young poll worker, almost a doppelganger of @OliviaJulianna, the young activist who was body-shamed by a foul-mouthed Florida member of Congress but used the moment to raise more than $2 million to support pro-choice activism. Yay for Gen Z!

After voting, we had movers come to the house, a couple of brawny guys hired to carry heavy pieces of furniture down a flight of stairs. I was feeling kinda high on voting and asked if they'd voted yet. Their answers totally made my day!

The first, who lives in Illinois: "Yes, ma'am. My aunt made sure that I got registered. I'm gonna vote as soon as I get off work."

The second, who lives in Missouri, gave a quick grin: "My girlfriend would kill me if I didn't vote. We're going together after work."

Now I have no idea how these two young guys were going to vote, only that younger generations have so much more at stake than we older folks do.

And note TWO things.

  • The importance of women, getting young men to the polls.
  • The warm reaction to a stranger asking, pride that their voting plans were in place.

Now not all the candidates I was rooting for prevailed. But here's what I know.

  • In a real democracy, every candidate gets a fair shake, every voter gets a fair count. In the 2022 midterm election, the Democrats won some and the Republicans won some. But most importantly, democracy won. [Oh! And the Senate held! Please-oh-please, let the House hold too, avoiding two years of weak-leadership, hyperpartisan chaos.]
  • A lot of small drops still fill the rain gauge. Be a drop or two or three. Together we add up to make a difference.

What's New?!

Wondering about a recipe from the last while? Check Recent Recipes from Kitchen Parade and Recent Vegetable Recipes from A Veggie Venture.

Rutabaga Puff (or Turnip Puff) ♥, a delicious purée of root vegetables, either turnip or the sunny-colored rutabaga, also called a 'swede'. A Thanksgiving favorite, especially in Canada.

A Quick Peek Into a Real-Life Kitchen

Just so you know, everything's not all pretty pictures around here, in the background is a pile of dirty dishes. And just like many (all?) of us, come five o'clock, I too draw a blank about what to make for supper, despite so many recipes I so dearly love. Here's a quick peek from the last week.

Lettuce Soup, another thrifty soup ♥ Never let the last of the lettuce go to waste!
  • THIS WEEK Is cooking 80% using up what's on hand? Most weeks, we easily go through a full pound of salad greens but for some reason, not this week. Lettuce Soup uses up not-quite-as-fresh salad greens in a small batch of soup that's decidedly thrifty and yet delicious. This week, I used up some already-roasted potatoes and threw in some mini Brussels sprouts, too. This one's quick enough for lunch, not sure I'd serve it for "dinner".
  • THE RECIPE Lettuce Soup Never let big bags of greens go to waste again.
  • ANOTHER TAKE Saturday Soup Use up all the leftovers!

My Everyday Creamy Herb Salad Dressing, another Master Recipe ♥, quick, easy meal prep. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly. Naturally Gluten Free.

Sausage & Cabbage Skillet, another Quick Supper ♥
  • THIS WEEK So good! And so colorful too! I "cleaned out the fridge" and used red potatoes, some wedges of butternut squash and red cabbage. I also doubled the caraway and added some cumin seed. Definite comfort food, full of veggies ...
  • THE RECIPE Sausage & Cabbage Skillet Rustic & homey.
  • ANOTHER TAKE Italian Sausage with Grapes & Greens A Quick Supper, an unusual combination of familiar ingredients.

Just Updated!

Bodacious Brussels Sprouts ♥, very pretty to serve, just quick-cooked fresh Brussels sprouts tossed with caramelized onions and toasted pecans.

Holiday Fruit & Yogurt Parfait ♥, beautiful layers of cranberry, applesauce and pineapple surrounded by kiwi slices.

Perfect Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins ♥, healthy pumpkin muffins that stay fresh for days. Moist and spicy with great texture.

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