Gobble Gobble (some good stuff)

I am so excited that people are making plans to come over and share their recipes and menus today! I have to admit, I had visions of my poor lonely recipes all alone with no recipe friends to hang out with. But several people have stopped by to let me know they are planning on joining in on the fun and yum!

I won’t bore you with the how-and-why of our Thanksgiving menu. My husband is a traditional eater: meat and potatoes, thankyouverymuch. He doesn’t like it when I mess with a good thing. He’s correct that all of those traditional goodies are yummy. But I like to try new things – twists on the original. I CAN’T WAIT to see what y’all have planned and make adjustments to my menu!!

Our menu follows.

Be sure to leave your link on the links list below and visit the other wonderful bloggers who are participating!
And thank y’all for joining in!

turkey with gravy
mashed potatoes
dinner rolls (regular ‘ol frozen ones)
sausage stuffing*
sweet potato casserole*
green bean casserole
cranberry sauce (jellied for my husband; compote* for the rest of us)
pumpkin pie
sparkling grape juice
* = recipes follow

I’m thinking about maybe steamed broccoli and/or fruit salad as well… but I already have so much food planned…

Sausage Stuffing

1 pound ground pork sausage
3 small onions, chopped
6 green onions, chopped
4 celery ribs, chopped
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted
1 (8-ounce) package herb-seasoned stuffing mix
1 (16-ounce) package cornbread stuffing mix
1 cup dry white wine or chicken broth
2 (14 1/2-ounce) cans chicken broth
2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt

Cook first 4 ingredients in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, stirring until sausage crumbles and is no longer pink. Drain mixture well, and return to pan.
Stir in walnuts and remaining ingredients.

Makes 12 cups

Sweet Potato Casserole

2 1/4 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 cup half-and-half
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs
Cooking spray

1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
1/2 cup all-purpose flour (about 2 1/4 ounces)
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted

Preheat oven to 375°.

To prepare potatoes, place potatoes in a Dutch oven, and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until very tender. Drain; cool slightly.
Place potatoes in a large bowl. Add half-and-half, 3/4 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, and vanilla. Beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Add eggs; beat well (mixture will be thin). Scrape mixture into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.

To prepare topping, sprinkle miniature marshmallows over top of casserole. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in pecans, and sprinkle over potato mixture and marshmallows.

Bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

16 servings

Fresh Cranberry Compote

1 12-ounce bag fresh cranberries, rinsed and picked over
Strips of zest from 1 orange (about 2 tablespoons)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3 cups water
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Pinch of cayenne
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons cornstarch
3/4 cup fresh orange juice

Put the cranberries in a medium-size non-reactive nonstick saucepan. Add the zest.

Peel and seed the orange, discard the white pith, and coarsely chop. Add the chopped orange to the pot of cranberries along with the sugar, water, vanilla, salt, cayenne, and cinnamon and bring to boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes.

Dissolve the cornstarch in the orange juice. Add the mixture to the cranberries and stir to blend. Simmer another 20 minutes until the mixture is thick like syrup.

Cool completely, then spoon into a decorative dish and pass at the table. Will keep for 3 days in the refrigerator.

5 servings


  1. Yes, my turkey recipe is ambitious…nonetheless…I would love to be able to make it for my husband! It looks so delicious!!

  2. This looks like it will be a lot of fun getting others recipes.

  3. crafty carolinagirl says

    Thanks so much for hosting this. I already have a few recipes I am thinking of trying this Thanksgiving!

  4. I couldnt pick up your little banner…but got the point across. This was fun…..I enjoyed it,

  5. How fun! Thanks for hosting this!

  6. Everything else sounds fabulous, but I love love that you put on your list, regular ole frozen rolls. Loved the honesty!

  7. WorksForMom says


  8. Yummy! I linked to a couple recipes I posted in October when we had our Thanksgiving here in Canada.

  9. Your stuffing recipe is very similar to my mom’s traditional stuffing recipe. So good!

    Thanks for hosting this!!! It was a lot of fun.

  10. very very similar to my menu. in addition, i serve a raw veggie platter, celery stuffed with cream cheese and olives, saurkraut and pork ribs (my mother was german) and each persons favorite pie (pumpkin, pecan, blueberry and cherry)
    hope your thanksgiving is a wonderful one!
    happy tt!

  11. Thanks for hosting this recipe exchange! I look forward to reading all the recipes.

  12. Just wanted to add my “Thanks” too for putting this together.
    It seems from the look of things that everyone is traditional in the sense of turkey et al but tweaks their recipes to suit.
    How simply wonderful!

  13. Ribbon Rock Star says

    Everything sounds wonderful!


  14. Mrs. Fussy Fussypants says

    Yummy! Thanks, Babe, I’ll give to Hubs.

  15. Yum, I love thanksgiving…

  16. I’ve never had the cranberry compote…will have to try it. Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  17. Yummy!! Your Sweet Potato casserole is the same as mine…:)))
    The only difference is the little squidge of lemon juice..
    I got it from my mother and she got it from her mother….and…you know how the story goes…
    Terrific Thursday Thirteen!
    My TT is posted.
    Have a wonderful day!
    Happy TT’ing!
    (“)_ (“)Š

  18. Thanks for doing this! I’m am going to love looking through all of the recipes in my “spare” time! :)
    Oh, and I forgot to put the banner up – off to edit!

  19. WOW! Look at that list!

  20. Thanks for doing this. I love, love, love recipe exchanges.

  21. LadiesoftheHouse says

    Thanks so much for the recipes–we also have the traditional dinner, but what fun to add some different side dishes in the mix!

  22. Great list! I am so sorry I didn’t post anything, I had something come up. Please do it again next year, so I can participate…and thanks for the email reminder despite the fact that I still didn’t get my act together!

  23. Mine is not necessarily a Thanksgiving Recipe, but it’s a great recipe and everyone loves it.

  24. I posted my Carb-Free & Sugar-Free menu and posted some recipes.

    Cute button and I loved visiting your site. Good work!!

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