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Thanksgiving Traditions

November 27, 2008

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Happy Thanksgiving Day to all you fine readers!  I pray you are thankful and full. 

I found these pictures from Thanksgiving 2006, but they are exactly what we are also partaking of today… in 2008.  In fact, as far back as I can remember… and that’s about 38 or 39 years…. we’ve relished the first three: Stove Top Stuffing, Mom’s Pumpkin Pie and Turkey.  The homemade buns were added to the spread circa 1993.

Now I’ve had gourmet stuffing with wild rice and bits of apple, celery and wild mushrooms.   I’ve had cornbread stuffing with almonds and cinnamon.  But none illicit memories of “home” like, as we affectionately call mom’s stuffing, Stove Top Trailer Trash Stuffing.  It’s predictable.  It’s constant.  It’s yummy… and it sings “Welcome home” to me every Thanksgiving Day.

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Mom’s homemade pumpkin pie is also the bomb.  We have tried deviations through the years with pumpkin cream cheese rolls and pumpkin cheesecake.  But are they on the menu the following year?  Nada.  It’s the old, familiar pie that returns and is welcomed with glee and with Cool Whip.

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Nothing smells as good as a home where the turkey is roasting in the oven.  And when that little red dealie pops out, sweet mercy, IT’S TIME!  I’ve read suggestions and ideas and recipes to improve Thanksgiving Day turkeys, but like the pumpkin pie and Stove Top, we keep going back to the ol’ turkey in a pan.  My favorite sure-fire turkey cooking idea was the popcorn stuffing.  It’s the easiest recipe to tell when the bird is done because when the popcorn blows open the door of the oven … it’s ready. (Don’t try this at home.)

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Here we have the newest addition to the Nikander Thanksgiving menu… Coral’s Buns… which have been renamed and are now known as Linda’s Buns.  I learned to make these from two dear friends in Spruce Grove, Alberta, Coral and Marilyn.  The buns are sweet and soft and melt in your mouth and sop up gravy like nobodies business.  I made them yesterday and my brother happened to stop by as they were in the oven and the aroma assaulted him at the door.  About five minutes after he went home, the phone rang.  He said, “Julie made her homemade soup and we were wondering if you wanted to come for dinner and bring your buns.”  How can you refuse an offer like that?

Keep the family Thanksgiving traditions strong in your home and may God bless us each and every one.