Favorite Holiday Foods from the ABC5 News Team
Whether it's green bean casserole or homemade noodles and apple pies, I like traditional fare. We like our turkey in the oven, and love the warmth and the wonderful smell that fills the house throughout the day. I'm blessed with great family members who love to cook. So I'm a little bit spoiled, being surrounded by great cooks and awesome home cooked meals during the holidays. Because we're often asked to work on or around holidays, I'm lucky to have a family that's really flexible about when we celebrate. For us, the tradition is getting together and celebrating with great food and our family. And if there are a few leftovers, all the better!
Growing up in a large family with six kids money was sometimes tight. But my parents always managed to create great memories. Every Christmas Eve after church we would get home to a huge spread of delicious food. There would be shrimp cocktail, fancy nuts, angel food cake, chocolates, crescent rolls, fresh fruits, and more. What I remember even more than the great food was all of us sharing what we were thankful for and why we loved our family. Then we would play games until it was time to head up to bed and wait for Santa to come. My husband and I plan to carry on the same traditions with our two little girls.
It was always a special moment when Grandma would arrive. All of us kids were like puppies at the door wagging our tails! She always seemed to have treats with her, but not sweet treats like candy, but rather special things to see and do. For Thanksgiving, she would usually bring real pumpkins to make REAL pumpkin pies! Now, these were NOT jack-o-lantern pumpkins, these were those little pumpkins grown for their deep, sweet flesh. So, we would cut it in quarters and get the meat ready to smash up! What fun that was! Then we added all the sugar and spices, put it all in a pie crust, and baked away! Voila! Grandma's REAL pumpkin pie! Who can even say they experience this anymore? God bless our grandmas!
There's nothing quite like the smell of a kitchen on Thanksgiving morning — the turkey in the oven, the mashed potatoes on the stove and all the other fixings being prepared for a massive Thanksgiving feast. But I cannot live without my mom's stuffing. Her sausage-based stuffing cooks inside the turkey for several hours until Mom pulls it out and puts the finishing touches on it. Even though I'm married and I don't always get to spend Thanksgiving with my parents, I still make sure I have a small side of Mom's stuffing to enjoy during the feast!
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