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Ger Ready, Get Set......Thanksgiving!!!! 
Nov. 26, 2013 5:57 pm 
Updated: Nov. 29, 2013 12:16 pm

I am sure by the time many of you read this the day will quickly be upon us and everyone is racing to the finish line planning and delivering the perfect Thanksgiving! I do not know of many cooks that do not want their ability in the kitchen to shine brightly at this time of the year. We all do. It’s in our nature.


There will be turkeys cooked a thousand and one ways, some will also serve ham, or roast beef as an alternative, many families will skip the “Americanized” version of Thanksgiving and go with a more ethnic oriented Thanksgiving dinner.


Thanksgiving is not about the food you will set down and eat, it is more about giving Thanks to God for what you have, and acknowledging that while you may not have everything you want, or even need, God has given you something you can be Thankful for this time of year. The world is a strange and difficult place right now, there are wars and hostilities all around the world.  Many Americans are away from their families protecting our way of life and giving us the chance to give Thanks in whatever manner we choose. We should take time out Thursday, and in fact every day, to acknowledge their sacrifices that they make.


I know this Blog is supposed to be about cooking and Ozark Traditions, but I want to take this time to thank each of you for reading my thoughts and letting me share with you some of the memories and times that have been celebrated over the years. I will leave you with my planned Thanksgiving meal that about 25 of us will sit down and have on Thursday, but I had to take this time out to truly acknowledge the day and what it means to me and many of us here in the Ozarks.



Thanksgiving Day Meal


Roasted Turkey

Smoked Turkey

Glazed Ham

Steamed Green Beans

English Peas w/ Pearl Onions and Carrots

Whole Kernel Corn

Corn on the Cob

Mashed Potatoes

Cornbread Dressing

Zucchini and Squash Stuffing w/ Green Tomatoes

Giblet Gravy

Sauerkraut Salad

Corn Salad

Spaghetti Salad

Asparagus Salad

Pickled Beets

Pickled Okra


Mincemeat Pie

Vinegar Pie

Pumpkin Pie

Sweet Potato Pie

Pecan Pie

Chocolate Truffle Cake

Punch Bowl Fruit Salad

Coffee, Tea, Punch and Water


Nuff said……

Nov. 27, 2013 7:25 am
Love it! thanks for sharing..sounds like an awesome meal and some great wisdom to go with.. : )
Nov. 27, 2013 9:43 am
You hit the nail on the head when you said that we should be giving thanks every day, not just today! So true! Your menu sounds awesome, but I have to go lookup vinegar pie. Never heard of it and it has me intrigued...
Nov. 27, 2013 9:57 am
Mother Ann - I too was interested! There are a few recipes here on it. Interesting
Abby N 
Nov. 27, 2013 10:41 am
Wow! Love it! I will be looking up the vinegar pie with Mother Ann and Heather!
Nov. 28, 2013 5:56 am
I have heard of vinegar pie but have never tried it. Would you be willing to share your recipe?
Nov. 29, 2013 12:16 pm
You can find the recipe for Vinegar Pie in one of my earlier blog posts. Thanks!!
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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.
My cooking triumphs
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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