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The Cooking Event of the Year in the USA!! 
Nov. 19, 2013 3:48 am 
Updated: Nov. 27, 2013 7:31 am

The clock is ticking down to the home-cooks ultimate cook off here in the good old USA.  Thanksgiving!! Believe it or not this is the time of year that I take off work from tomorrow through the end of the month, or, normally the Monday after the holiday.


My mother is the matriarch of our family, she is the oldest living relative of her entire family, on both her mother and fathers side, so almost all roads lead to my house for the holidays.  Needless to say Thanksgiving is a really big deal here at the Graham Household, it includes 2 turkeys and a 15 pound ham for the meats and enough assorted side dishes to feed an army. I hope to share with you over the coming days all of the many traditions we have here at home for what we prepare, and I would really like to hear from all of you about what you do special for this day. I don’t think anyone is ever too old to learn a new dish, idea or start a new tradition, and who knows we may be an inspiration to some young cook just starting out making their own traditions.

I think the first thing to learn about preparing an important meal for the holidays is not to sweat the small stuff.  Do not let it get to you.  Easier said than done I know, but if you can slow down and take the time to enjoy the preparation as well as the family and friends around this time of the year the menu will be even better than you planned.

I plan to share with you some of my favorites, I hope you will too, as I take you and the Graham Family back through Memories from an Ozark Kitchen…


 Miles Graham



Nov. 19, 2013 7:15 am
My MIL always made noodles and gravy to pour over the mashed potatoes. I never heard of noodles and gravy before I met my husband.
Nov. 19, 2013 8:48 pm
I like your blogs Miles, keep em coming!
Nov. 20, 2013 12:47 pm
Sounds like you've got it all taken care of! This is the first year that my daughter in law is cooking for family! I almost overstepped my bounds ( see my recent blog post) but I got it all straightened out now! I love the different family traditions at the holidays! Looking forward to reading your readers comments!
Nov. 20, 2013 7:55 pm
Hey Lela, I have eaten the noodles and gravy, even made some, never with the mashed potatoes though! Will have to give it a try--My Grandkids think anything with Gravy is an automatic "Good" in their eyes, LOL.
Nov. 21, 2013 6:50 am
mtgraham2-I wanted to say that just like Raedwulf-keep writing here. People do read your blog even though they don't comment.
Nov. 21, 2013 8:02 am
Yes - I'm reading, too...and looking forward to more/different foods! Noodles ON TOP of gravy??? Not for me, even though I love them both! And your grandkids are right - gravy is like bacon: it makes everything better! What breads/rolls will you be baking?
Nov. 21, 2013 12:24 pm
We typically have the standard fare, however, recently I started making "stuffing balls" in lieu of a large pan. Everyone seems to like them better, so it's our new tradition.
Nov. 23, 2013 7:46 am
thanks scootersandi for the comments. I will be making sourdough rolls for thanksgiving. I have a starter that is 10 years old this year.
Nov. 27, 2013 7:31 am
tradition..cream cheese and olives stuffed celery addicting stuff and my mother always had to have rhutabega and boiling as I am older I actually like this stuff and crave it now..also sliced swiss cheeses and good salami with sweet hot mustard
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I have been cooking since i was 12 years old, got my first job in a restaurant when I was 14. I was trained by a professional Cook, also my Mother and Grandmother who had deep roots in the country style as well as the Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking.
My favorite things to cook
All though I can cook almost anything, my favorite thing to cook is breads. I have making homemade breads, rolls and baked goods since I was 18 and I am now 50!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Almost all of my Family Recipes center around Country Cooking, with a Dutch flare, or style. My family all comes from the deep country where you cooked what you raised.
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I once prepared and served a Banquet for President Bill Clinton when he was Governor of Arkansas. Multiple Blue Ribbons at the Arkansas State Fair as well as the Arkansas-Oklahoma State Fair.
My cooking tragedies
Once cooked a Standing Rib Roast that was so tough you needed a Skill Saw to slice it and it was already on the table.
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