Thanksgiving.......The holiday that is most people associate with eating themselves silly then passing out on the couch while "watching" what ever is on TV. Honestly it is one of my favorite holidays. What other holiday has so much tradition tied to it without the stress of making sure everyone likes what you bought them. All you have to do is cook (which anyone who's been around on the game threads knows is a given for me anyway), spend time with the family, watch a parade, and maybe squeeze some football in there somewhere, even if you have to suffer through a pro game or watch Texas.
We thought we would get together and share some of our recipes, I've added some family fun as well.
Some of my fondest memories are tied to this holiday, that if the retail world has its way will fade into oblivion. There was the year that my mom took over cooking because my grandpa was sick and made the dinner rolls for the first time, she forgot about the power of yeast and we all had little loaves that year, we still bring that up every year just to make her face go a little red. Then how could you forget the year we were putting the Turkey on the table and just as it was set down the table broke in two, and those of us setting in the middle had to hold it up so the food could be removed to safety.
My typical Thanksgiving was waking up early to watch the parade on TV and "help" my mom with as much as I could. I always wanted to grow up and add to the grand traditions that our family had, at least I thought they were grand traditions when I was little. I have been able to do that though. First was when I married a nice Italian boy. He was coming out to my parent's home for Thanksgiving and mentioned that they always have pasta with dinner. I thought it was weird, however my very traditional Western Nebraska family now proudly serves up a lasagna right between the ham and turkey.
My other contribution is breakfast. Usually we eat early afternoon, but when you wake up to watch the parade you need a little something to hold you over until the big meal arrives. My mom is always busy making rolls and any side dishes that didn't get done the day before. My grandpa used to make pumpkin cookies for me and I LOVED them, so when I started playing around in the kitchen I found a way to merge his cookie recipe with one of my favorite pancake recipes and voilà a pumpkin breakfast was born. You have two options to make this as easy as possible.
You can mix all the dry ingredients the night or even several nights before and then add the wet ingredients the morning of, but to be honest it takes less than five minutes to mix these up (not counting cooking time) We are lucky enough to have a stand alone griddle, so I can set up flipping pancakes on the dining room table if I have to, also a good reason to try waffles. Your other option is to make all of the pancakes/waffles the night or a couple days before, cool them completely and wrap store in a resealable bag in the fridge then as each person gets up for breakfast they grab one and pop it in the toaster. Same idea as an Eggo waffle but trust me so much tastier.
Servings: 16 - 4 inch pancakes
1 1/2 cups flour
4 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups milk
4 tbsp oil
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp allspice
1 small can pumpkin
In a large bowl mix the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and allspice. In a 4 cup measuring cup add milk, eggs, and oil, beat to combine. Pour the t ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix until just combined, then stir in the pumpkin. Bake on a griddle set to 350°
Food is always there this week and wether you eat turkey or ham try to at least for a few hours this Thursday remember that there is more to it than waiting for the stores to open up and getting good deals. Since we here at CornNation are just one big happy family feel free to share your favorite memories, traditions, or recipes in the comments.