Makings of a Meal

Instead of making everything myself this year, my family and I decided to split our Thanksgiving meal duties.

I made the turkey, mashed potato casserole, cranberry sauce, and green beans. The recipes I used for the cranberry sauce and green beans can be found in my recipe section (or by clicking on the word in the post for the link) and are recipes I have relied on for years. This year, I brined my turkey with a Williams-Sonoma blend and used this recipe from All Recipes.

The result? — the most tender, moist and delicious turkey I have ever prepared. I will be using this recipe again and again. I pulled the mashed potato casserole recipe from a Giada DeLaurentiis cookbook — and I highly recommend this take on classic potatoes. It was a hit!

Nelda prepared the Brussel sprouts and boy were they a crowd pleaser. Even John liked them!

My Mom made a ham, stuffing and a classic broccoli and cheese casserole.

It’s not Thanksgiving in my family without this dish!

Julie prepared the yams and I am thankful because I have a soft spot in my thighs for this dish. My mom also prepared gravy and Mom Arnold made red chile to round out our meal. Cliffwood was bustling all day with laughter, chatter and lots of cooking.  It was fun to have so many people in the kitchen.

My family has a lot to be thankful for — especially the opportunity to sit around a table to have a wonderful meal together. Although I am thankful for many things, I am most thankful for a generous and loving family.

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