Traditionally, Thanksgiving in my family is as much about the food as it is about family and giving thanks. When I was growing up in my grandparents’ home, Thanksgiving meant a house full of family you were rarely able to see and all of my favorite foods prepared to perfection. Our home was always so full of laughter and home cooked food, but during the holidays it was really something.
Both of my grandparents have now passed on, leaving myself, my Dad, LA and Lisa to pick up where they left off and continue on as best we can. Rather than leaving it all up to Lisa to handle each year, LA and I have begun also pitching in with our own recipes. Lisa generally figures out the menu around the end of October(not that we stray too far from the usual) and then divvies out the preparation to us.
Two staples of every Thanksgiving meal (and if I had my way every family get-together) include good old southern mashed potatoes and sweet corn. In our family, you just can’t give thanks properly if you don’t have them! You’re in luck today too, since I’m planning to share my favorite mashed potato and corn OFF the cob recipe!
Mashed potatoes have long been a staple of any good meal in my home and it was just the same when I was growing up, Mommaw never failed to impress with her mashed potatoes because they were so simple. There’s just something about letting the potatoes mix with the nutty creamy flavor of her trusty Country Crock spread that just makes mouths happy. I haven’t changed her recipe much, except that I now buy Country Crock with Calcium and Vitamin D, since the girls can’t have milk I try to add it in anywhere I can.
Ahh yes, the much talked about corn OFF the cob that we Southerners love so dearly. Not much of a recipe really, more of a way of life. lol. Corn is the one “vegetable” at our table that we can all agree on eating and is almost always my responsibility to bring along I suspect that is because it’s so hard to screw corn up!
So there you have it, two of our family’s favorite Thanksgiving (or any day) recipes! Every year during the holidays, I feel the loss of my grandparents so keenly, but preparing the same meals – using the same recipes – helps me to feel their presence though and comforts me.
Does your family have any Thanksgiving traditions? A certain meal or recipe you just can’t live without?
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