Friday, November 27, 2015

Comfort Foods, Traditions & Celebration

So much of our holidays and celebrations center around food, family and friends, and tradition. Yesterday, the United States celebrated Thanksgiving, which usually involves a gathering of family and friends around a table, where the star is typically turkey. Everything else is flexible. :) Let's see how some of our NYUS family members celebrate U.S. Thanksgiving...

RITA HENUBER shared many lovely photos of past Thanksgivings, and I have to say, I want to have Thanksgiving at Rita's house!

Traditionally, the guys cook the turkey. Also, a place is set for those who have died, so they are a part of the celebration. 



Lately, however, she's been celebrating with a mimosa at sunrise on the beach to greet the day. 



And then a dip in the pool, followed by a poolside feast.




"Don't you be eyeing my sweet potatoes!"

MAUREEN A. MILLER shares a picture of last year's Thanksgiving. Beautiful table setting! My mouth is watering.




JEAN HARRINGTON shares some of her beautiful decorations that help set the mood.

ELISE WARNER shares one of her favorite holiday recipes:

Date and Nut Loaf

1 egg
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons butter

Cream well & add 1 cup chopped walnuts
10 oz. package of dates cut up
1 & 3/4 cups of flour

Slowly add 1 cup of boiling water

Butter a loaf tin. Pour in batter. Bake in slow oven (350 degrees) 1 hour.


As for me, I've made my share of holiday meals, and cooking feels like I’m giving thanks to my loved ones, showing how much I appreciate them.

One of my husband's favorites is the sweet potato casserole (recipe compliments of Ruth’s Chris steakhouse) Warning: It's more like a dessert than a side.

Here's the link to the recipe for that one. You're welcome. :D


What dishes and traditions are special parts of your family gatherings? 

I’m thankful for all of you, dear NYUS readers/visitors, and wish you a fabulous weekend, no matter where you live or how you celebrate.


8 comments:

Maureen A. Miller said...

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Black Friday? Bah! I'm heading to Rita's house!

Of course I'll sink to the bottom of her pool after eating Anne Marie's casserole. :)

Rita said...

Snort! Maureen it's not deep. No worries. When will you, or anyone else who wants to come, be here? Do I need to jack up the pool temp higher than 87? Only two bottles of Champagne in the fridge. Gonna put more in. O. Man does that sweet potato casserole look good. And Elise's date and nut loaf! The decorations are verra nice.
Everyone be safe and I hope you aren't in that wicked ice storm in the med-west.

Rita said...

O. And that's mid-west and a big THANKS to Anne Marie for putting this post together.

Anne Marie Becker said...

I hope everyone who celebrated this week had a fabulous time, and safe travels if you're traveling!

And yes, Maureen, the casserole will make us sink but it'll be worth it. :)

jean harrington said...

As my sister-in-law once famously said, "The turkey's the curse of the holiday season." Does anybody here share that view?

Marcelle Dubé said...

Jean, I love turkey. I have it twice a year: Thanksgiving (Canadian) and Christmas. It's not necessary to have it at New Year's, but it's nice if we do.

Lisa Q. Mathews said...

I'm a bit late on this, but as I type I am also preparing our second family Thanksgiving for today! Loved this...you're all inspiring me!

Anne Marie Becker said...

Jean, I love turkey! But I love stuffing more. ;) Lisa, sounds like you've had your hands full! How lovely. :D