On the Table- GOTG Thanksgiving Recipes & Traditions

Kelli Gould:

There’s a trillion Thanksgiving recipes to shuffle through online. Luckily, we are here to save you the time that you were about to spend searching for the best recipes. So, let’s start with the most amazing bread you could ever dream of. For the sake of your guests, I beg you to skip the store bought dinner rolls and spend a little more time and energy making this delicious Crusty Bread. There are only four ingredients, which makes it really easy! Not only is the bread incredible, but it looks so impressive and beautiful on the table.

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Next up is dessert! Apple pie may be one of everyone’s favorite, but who has time to make one?? Try something much a little less daunting; this recipe for Country Apple Dumplings is another quick and easy, yet delicious and impressive hit! Be sure to serve hot and with vanilla ice cream, of course!

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Kelly Conroy:

I decided to become a vegetarian when I was 12 which meant Thanksgiving side dishes took center stage on my plate as a kid. Naturally, the carb filled stuffing became the staple of my Thanksgiving meals. This year, as I prepare to host the holiday in my home for the first time, I’m serving stuffing with a custardy twist.

Wild mushroom and butternut squash bread pudding has all the white bread and savory goodness of traditional stuffing, but adds a healthy dose of eggs, cheese, and cream to push it over the top. It’s dense and delicious and doesn’t even need gravy. Plus, who doesn’t want leftover bread pudding for breakfast the next day?

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Michelle Sweezey:

My Thanksgiving has had more versions than an iOs update. Every year has brought a new kind of kitchen hiccup, meal, and people. I’ve had eaten turkey at 9pm because the bird was raw at meal time, a bird that was roasted over a fire spit on the beach and accompanied by a cold beer, with a family of 20 and a full set of china and opinions, and with paper plates and a meal from a grocery store during a tropical storm in a hawaiian beach house. And that’s just the last decade.

This year, I’ll spend it at my parents house while I introduce my husband to my. . . parents.  But, although I love my leftover turkey sandwiches, my favorite part of Thanksgiving is the pie, always the pie. Because, whether it’s pecan, pumpkin, apple, berry, lemon meringue, chocolate cream, vegan key lime or, uh, humble, nothing says gratitude like a sugar stuffed pastry.  Here’s a link to my favorite recipe for an Apple Cranberry Pie that will make you think twice about wearing pants with buttons to the table.

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Maria Hill:

Growing up as a child of divorced parents Thanksgiving was all about the shuffle. As a kid I thought this was the greatest because it usually meant I got to eat seconds of all the foods I liked, mainly apple pie with a heaping serving of whipped cream. My two sacred foods for Thanksgiving dinner have remained apple pie and canned cranberry sauce.

For as long as I can remember my Mom would bake pies for the family dinner and she would do every piece of it from scratch. I have carried on my mom’s tradition and always volunteered to make pies for pot lucks, friendsgiving, etc.

One of my favorite apple pie recipes comes from my dear friend Amber who also loves to bake. Last year I made her award-winning saltie caramel apple pie and almost refused to share it, this year I’m putting a twist on the original and swapping apples for persimmons. As for canned cranberry sauce, what can I say? You either love it or hate it. The spreadability factor makes this side dish a winner in my book, it’s perfect for making the king of leftovers meal:  the Thanksgiving sandwich. I also fondly remember referring to the jellied side dish as “save some” growing up. One of the grandkids was worried my Grandpa would eat the whole can before they could have a serving and would continually remind him to save some.

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Chantel Elder:

It just isn’t Thanksgiving in my family without the green bean casserole with the crispy onions on top. YUM. Some people make it from scratch, some people make it with the canned mushroom soup – I don’t really care how that casserole comes together it is a must on my family’s dinner table for Thanksgiving.  The casserole is pretty simple to make but for some reason I only eat it on Thanksgiving – It’s an annual treat. In some off chance you have no idea what casserole I am talking about, it can be found HERE.

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Mary McCune:

With the tens of hours of prep everyone contributes to the beloved Turkey Day, one of the things I most look forward to is winding down from a day of serious eating.  What better way to do it than by sipping rich and spicy hot chocolate over fireside chats with family members?  Make sure to try one of my favorite wintery drinks, Russian Hot Chocolate, which can hopefully help calm everyone’s nerves, including that drunk uncle.

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