Turkey Cups*

Some people love their birthdays and some people are all about Christmas. And while I love both, Thanksgiving is probably my favorite. Now I know that’s weird because you don’t get gifts, but for me Thanksgiving has the best food. First of all, you get the huge stuffed turkey. That alone can make me cry tears of joy…but you combine it with sweet potato casserole, you know the orange stuff filled with brown sugar and topped with marshmallows…ya totally makes Thanksgiving the best. As a matter of fact, I have already told Jorge that when I become old, and I lose all my teeth, all I will be eating is Sweet Potato Casserole. Wait, who am I kidding, that’s all I ate last week… :::hangs head in sweet potato shame:::

I also love Thanksgiving for the kitchen accidents that are bound to happen. Drop a pumpkin pie on the dog. Fall asleep with the turkey in the oven. Or how about getting a turkey suctioned into a bowl? A few years ago, my Mom decided that she would try the Turkey in a bag thing. You know, the plastic bag they sell so you keep all the juices in? Well, everything went fine until it was time to take the Turkey out of the bag. For starters, it had just come out of the oven and was not easy to handle, but we were already running late. So my Mom decides to cut a hole in the bottom of the bag to pour the juices into a bowl, then we would slide the turkey out….well as we were draining the juices from the bag, the hole ripped, the turkey fell through, and SUCTIONED ITSELF INTO THE BOWL. It took about 10 minutes of my Dad prying the Turkey, with knives, to get it out of the bowl. Long story short, that year it looked like Edward Scissorhands cooked our Turkey.

One of the biggest reasons I love Thanksgiving, besides bowl suctioned turkeys, is Black Friday. Black Friday is one of my favorite traditions, EVER. Since Jorge and I first started dating, we have always celebrated Black Friday together. Yes, celebrated. We stay up all night, watch bad movies, and drink fish bowl size glasses of wine. We then go out for a fabulous greasy diner breakfast and then cruise around checking out all the losers camped outside Best Buy. And lastly, if there is something worth it, we go do a little shopping ourselves. Then we come home and crash for a few hours. And for dinner that night, I break out the old family recipe and make Turkey Cups with the left over Turkey. I honestly think Turkey cups may be better than actual Thanksgiving dinner. The gravy sauce and turkey all wrapped up in puff pastry…Sweet Baby Jesus, it’s delicious.

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Turkey Cups

Yield: 4-6 servings

Total Time: 30 minutes

Recipe Notes: Yes, this has Olives in it. Yes that may sound weird. But the olives give it a great flavor and you really can not even tell what they are. So in case you are an anti-olive eater like Jorge, please trust me and give them a chance in this. I bet that you, like Jorge, will love them!

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
18 oz evaporated milk
2 cups cooked turkey, chopped
3/4 cup celery, chopped
3/4 cup onion, chopped
3/4 cup olives (with pimento), chopped
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
2 boxes of (12) Pepperidge Farm Pastry Cups

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

On a baking sheet, covered in parchment paper, line pastry cups with about 1 inch between them. In the middle rack, cook for 20-25 minutes at 400 degrees, or until golden brown.

While the pastry cups are baking, in a 2 quart sauce pan, melt butter over a medium flame. Sift in flour, and whisk together to make a paste. Slowly stir in condensed milk, whisking the entire time to avoid lumps. You do not want the sauce to be runny, you want it to have a gravy consistency.

Once you have reached the correct consistency, gently stir in turkey, celery, onion, olives, salt, pepper, and white pepper. Keep turkey mixture on low until pastry cups are done.

Once the pastry cups are perfectly golden brown, remove from the oven and carefully pop out the centers (I do this with a fork). Fill pastry cups with turkey mixture, place tops back on top, and serve immediately.

Source: The Novice Chef Blog

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140 Responses to “Turkey Cups”

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    Megan — November 10, 2010 @ 4:43 pm

    My favorite memory is each year we went around the table and said what we were thankful for. It’s a wonderful time for reflection and the tradition is still going!

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    Julia — November 10, 2010 @ 4:45 pm

    I LOVE Thanksgiving like you do, even more then Christmas and my b-day, b/c of the food! Fave memory: Having to go to Taco Bell after grandma’s b/c she didn’t cook enough food. She was on a diet that year and apparently she wanted all of us to be on one too.

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    Megan — November 10, 2010 @ 4:45 pm

    I love me some sweet potato casserole and don’t forget the marshmallows on top, YUM!

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    Julia — November 10, 2010 @ 4:46 pm

    LOVE sweet potatoes WITHOUT marshmallows. Mashed, candied, whatever form, I’ll take them!

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    Rachel E. — November 10, 2010 @ 4:48 pm

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is my Grandma’s Squash Casserole!

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    Rachel E. — November 10, 2010 @ 4:49 pm

    My favorite memory actually happens every year! We have Thanksgiving around 2 pm on Thursday and that evening we have our family Christmas with the extended family. We call it Thanksmas!

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    Megan — November 10, 2010 @ 4:49 pm

    I got so excited to enter and thinking about a delicious thanksgiving dinner I forgot my email in my entry, makinknee24@yahoo.com. =)

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    Dk Petro — November 10, 2010 @ 4:50 pm

    My favorite memory of Thanksgiving is that I was raised in a very large family, 7 kids! We always managed to gather around the table, say our blessing and have a quiet meal!! everyone was too busy eating the deliscous meal my mom cooked for us. We had enough for an army!! Always good memories of that!

    My fav dish has got to be the stuffing..cornbread of course! oh and if I can add cranberries too?? :)

    Happy Thanksgiving Jessica!!

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    Cassie — November 10, 2010 @ 4:56 pm

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is probably buttery mashed potatoes and gravy. One of my favorite foods ever actually.

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    manda — November 10, 2010 @ 4:57 pm

    i love thanksgiving, too!! my favorite is always sweet potato souffle. or the amazing dressing that my granny makes…not to be confused with stuffing:)

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    Cassie — November 10, 2010 @ 4:58 pm

    My favorite Thanksgiving memory was when I was first dating my husband. We were both living far away from our families and couldn’t go home. We cooked a huge meal together for just the two of us. It was so fun, but we had leftovers for the longest time.

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    Amanda — November 10, 2010 @ 5:01 pm

    My favorite thanksgiving memory is getting up to the house smelling fantastic and watching the macy’s parade as my older sibling’s trickle into Mom’s house and then of course the excitement that goes along with lots of brother’s and sister’s and all of their children. Every year we seem to add a new member to our non-related extended family and it is always nice to have them for thanksgiving as well :)
    My favorite thanksgiving dish is a tie between homemade mashed potatoes and green bean casserole.

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    Bonnie — November 10, 2010 @ 5:02 pm

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is stuffing. Can’t. Get enough. Hands down! And COVERED in gravy! :)

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    Bonnie — November 10, 2010 @ 5:04 pm

    Favorite Thanksgiving memory: the first year that my husband and I started dated my family and I went to the Grand Canyon for Thanksgiving. I was not able to text or call my husband (obviously boyfriend at the time) because of the cell phone service. It snowed at the Grand Canyon and I remember just chomping at the bit wanting to talk to him! But, it was like I was frozen in time with the snow and the beauty, I didn’t want it to end and not being able to talk, but missing him so much made the Thanksgiving feel really magical.

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    Ali @ His Birdie's Nest — November 10, 2010 @ 5:11 pm

    My favorite Thanksgiving memories are from the times my family had Thanksgiving dinner on the Queen Mary. For as long as I can remember my family has gone out to dinner for Thanksgiving… one year we spent the night on the Queen Mary and had Thanksgiving dinner at one of their restaurants. I just remember it being really fun :)

    (P.S. I think this is a great giveaway and if I win, I plan on paying my turkey forward to a near by shelter)

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    Kate — November 10, 2010 @ 5:11 pm

    Favorite Thanksgiving Memory: The first year my Aunt was married she wanted to host Thanksgiving so my whole family (20+ people) went over to her little house.

    When we got there she was freaking out because she couldn’t get the oven door open to take the turkey out… turns out she thought she was locking the turkey in but she had really turned on the self-clean feature. You couldn’t open the oven until the self-clean cycle was through!

    We ended up eating McDonalds on her new, fancy wedding china.

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    Ali @ His Birdie's Nest — November 10, 2010 @ 5:13 pm

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is Cranberries. I know it sounds kinda funny, but I always forget how much I love them until right about this time of year when I remember cranberries. I like to make them with Splenda A) because I’m diabetic & B) because they are more tart that way = even tastier!

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    Kate — November 10, 2010 @ 5:13 pm

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is sweet potato casserole. Yum!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — November 10, 2010 @ 5:16 pm

    Jessica, I LOVE your new banner – it’s beautiful, and so are these turkey cups! It’s like a little turkey pot pie! Very cute, and very creative. Thanks for sharing!

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    melissa — November 10, 2010 @ 5:17 pm

    I think this is a fabulous giveaway – way to go Jessica. I randomly got a free turkey from Publix last year, so it would be fun to pay the gift forward and give someone else a free turkey this Thanksgiving.

    One of my favorite Thanksgiving memories was watching the Macy’s Turkey Day Parade in NYC with my husband for our first (married) Thanksgiving. The whole weekend was amazing.

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is pumpkin roll! Or my mother in law’s stuffing. YUMMMM. Now I’m hungry!

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    Rachel — November 10, 2010 @ 5:19 pm

    My favorite memory was always watching my mom prep and cook for the family. She’d let me help with the rolls and other easy items. And can’t forget about drying out the wishbone and getting to break it later.

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — November 10, 2010 @ 5:19 pm

    Oops – almost forgot to mention my favorite Thanksgiving memory, which is seeing my humungous extended family crowded into one small colonial house in Western Massachusetts, laughing, drinking wine and all digging in to a delicious family meal while telling stories. We all live in separate parts of the country, so it’s great to get together and catch up and stuff ourselves silly! Thanks for having this giveaway, Jess!

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    Rachel — November 10, 2010 @ 5:20 pm

    My favorite dish – it’d be a tie between mashed potatoes and stuffing but the apple pie is up there too. They all have a special place in my heart… or rather belly :)

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    Ammie — November 10, 2010 @ 5:26 pm

    Favorite Memory: It’s silly, we do a pie eating contest every year. One year my dad played us by saying he was “too full”. Then when my sister was just about winning the contest on her 4th piece (plus a glass of eggnog – gross amount of dessert after a full meal!), he runs in and starts gobbling down pie. In the end he won!

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    Ammie — November 10, 2010 @ 5:27 pm

    Favorite dish: It’s a close call between cranberry sauce and mashed turnips!

    By the way, what an awesome giveaway! If I win I’ll definitely be paying it forward.

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    Kira — November 10, 2010 @ 5:31 pm

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is my mom’s cranberry salad. It’s this delicious jello salad thing with cranberries and pecans and pineapple, and it doesn’t sound good, but I promise that it’s delicious!

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    Jessica E. — November 10, 2010 @ 5:31 pm

    My favorite thanksgiving dish is Spinach Madeline!! My mouth waters just thinking about it.

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    Kerri — November 10, 2010 @ 5:39 pm

    Favorite Memory: Spending Thanksgiving with my family and then trekking a plate of food with all the fixin’s 2.5 hours to Rick in college b/c he couldn’t come home due to basketball that year. we spent the whole weekend tooling around Deland by ourselves. it was amazing. :)

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    Kerri — November 10, 2010 @ 5:40 pm

    Favorite dish: Hands down… Squash Casserole. There is no equal.

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    Lindsay — November 10, 2010 @ 5:44 pm

    The year that we were all eating in the dining room and looked over to see the dog up on hind legs eating the turkey on the counter sticks out to me! We always laugh about that thanksgiving.

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    Lindsay — November 10, 2010 @ 5:45 pm

    I love stuffing!

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    Emily — November 10, 2010 @ 5:51 pm

    My favorite memory is actually a tradition every year. We form circle around the table(s), hold hands, say our blessings and then everyone goes around the table and shares 3 things they were thankful for from the last year.

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    Emily — November 10, 2010 @ 5:54 pm

    My FAVORITE Thanksgiving dish is my Great-Grandma’s stuffing. It’s a basic recipe with hamburger and apples…it’s so yummy. The unfortunate thing is that she died before writing her recipe down. Over the years, we’ve tried recreating it…we’re getting pretty close!

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    Ashlie — November 10, 2010 @ 6:53 pm

    My favorite Thanksgiving memory is making deviled eggs with my cousin Amanda. Growing up we were always in charge of the official Thanksgiving appetizer – we probably ate just as many as we made!

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    Ashlie — November 10, 2010 @ 6:55 pm

    My favorite thanksgiving dish is roasted sweet potatoes – no marshmallows, but plenty of spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, and a pinch of a cardamom) and a little maple syrup! Yummmmmmmmmmmmmy!

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    AmyO — November 10, 2010 @ 8:00 pm

    My favorite Thanksgiving memories are of when we used to live in Texas (where the rest of my extended family is) and we crammed so many people into my Grandma’s house that we had the dining room table fully extended and full, and as many card tables as we could get in the living room to fit everyone at the ‘dinner table.’ Ahh, good times! :)

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    Amy — November 10, 2010 @ 8:04 pm

    My favorite Thanksgiving day dish is sweet potato souffle, made by my mother. No one can top my mom’s sweet potato souffle!!

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    Tyler — November 10, 2010 @ 8:16 pm

    My absolute favorite Thanksgiving dish is sweet potato casserole! But we have a brown sugar and pecan topping instead of marshmallows. I cant wait for it this year!

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    Tyler — November 10, 2010 @ 8:17 pm

    My favorite memory would be the time my older sister, cousin, and I went for a golf cart ride around the very rural area where my grandma lived. We were only about 10 at the time and got lost for hours! It was such an “adventure” for us though and I’ll never forget it!

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    The Rookie Chef — November 10, 2010 @ 8:55 pm

    Awww I love Thanksgiving too! I remember when I was VERY little my dad put me on his lap and said “It’s Thanksgiving. We’re going to eat way more than we should and watch some football. This is going to be OUR day.”

    I still love Turkey Day for that very reason. Although I don’t sit on my dad’s lap anymore :)

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    michelle — November 10, 2010 @ 10:11 pm

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is stuffing, baked in the turkey

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    michelle — November 10, 2010 @ 10:14 pm

    my favorite memory is when my grandparents were still alive and hosting, the meal was phenomenal every time

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    Becky — November 10, 2010 @ 11:15 pm

    When I was in high school, our colorguard was selected to perform at the halftime show for the Dallas Cowboys game on Thanksgiving. It was awesome! I got to be there for the game with my friends, perform in front of tons of people, and then go home and eat a huge meal with my family. Great day : )

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    Becky — November 10, 2010 @ 11:18 pm

    I always look forward to the Thanksgiving dessert array! Pies, cookies, and my grandmother’s awesome toffee bars : )

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    sandra — November 10, 2010 @ 11:55 pm

    Jessica this is an great giveaway. My husband and I just donated and bought 5 families Thanksgiving dinner which is being sponsored by a local restaurant here in CT.

    Anyway my favorite Thanksgiving memory is going to the Macy’s day parade and the having dinner with the family that night. Good times.

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    sandra — November 10, 2010 @ 11:57 pm

    My favorite dish at thanksgiving is the turkey and loaded cheddar, bacon red skin mashed potatoes. I so can’t wait!

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    Erica Best — November 11, 2010 @ 12:08 am

    i remember that last thanksgiving that my dad was alive it was nice

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    Erica Best — November 11, 2010 @ 12:10 am

    i love candied yams so good

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    Jessica F — November 11, 2010 @ 2:04 am

    My favorite memory from Thanksgiving is when we played pick-up football with some people from church after all the meal and socializing activity with the family had died down. I think it’s because I really like playing football in the snow though.

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    Jessica F — November 11, 2010 @ 2:06 am

    My favorite dish is actually a bite full of a bit of everything…because I can’t pick just ONE dish. They all compliment each other. Turkey on it’s own is no good. With gravy, mashed potatoes, veggies, and a smidge of cranberry sauce – perfection!

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    Amy — November 11, 2010 @ 6:39 am

    My favorite memory is laying around with my cousins playing games after the big meal!

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    Amy — November 11, 2010 @ 6:40 am

    Sweet potato stuffing! A family recipe.

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    Ange — November 11, 2010 @ 7:13 am

    My favorite Thanksgiving memory is the year the kitchen sink broke. We all had to pull together and wash dishes in the bathroom sink and tub. It was a disaster, but so much fun. Something interesting always happens on Turkey Day at our house.

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    Ange — November 11, 2010 @ 7:14 am

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is dessert! Pumpkin pie, pumpkin roll, sweet potato pie, as along as it’s sweet, I love it!

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    Patty — November 11, 2010 @ 7:21 am

    My favorite dish from Thanksgiving, besides the turkey, has to be the dressing. And then all the wonderful leftovers the next day to eat. Awesome!

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    Susan — November 11, 2010 @ 7:35 am

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is the cranberries and mashed potatoes.

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    Alice — November 11, 2010 @ 7:53 am

    I love the cranberry jello salad (w/pineapple, gapes & walnuts) that my grandma makes every year for Thanksgiving. The other 364 days of the year I would steer clear of jello salad – but I could eat the whole dish of this on Thanksgiving!

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    Lauren — November 11, 2010 @ 8:13 am

    My favorite Thanksgiving memory is from last year – my Uncle (now deceased) shaking up martinis upon me setting down my coat (he made the BEST martinis – always the gracious host with 20 different flavors to choose from) and sneaking slices of my Aunt’s mom’s homemade bread while it was being sliced. Always risky, you didn’t want to get caught sampling! My other Uncle complains about his cranberry sauce every year (he claims he can’t ever gt the ratios correct) but its always delicious.

    My favorite dish has got to be a combo – *roasted* turkey, a slice of homemade bread with grape jelly and butter, that “disaster” cranberry sauce, and my Aunt’s ultra-delicious cheesy mashed taters!

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    Cara — November 11, 2010 @ 9:24 am

    While I don’t have any funny Thanksgiving stories, I do have a heartfelt story/mission.

    I am the activities coordinator at my work and we are gearing up to do our Thanksgiving lunch next week. When we have an event, we always choose a philanthropic thing to do to help out our community. This month we chose a Men’s shelter and their goal at Thanksgiving (which they are calling it The Possible Turkey Fry) is to fry 300 turkeys, so our mission at work is to supply them with some things they might need for their Thanksgiving dinner. I would LOVE to be able to give them another turkey (or at least get the coupon and take the turkey to them) because they say they always run out of food. I know it’s a random thing if people win or not but that’s what I would do with it (if I won)

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    Rick — November 11, 2010 @ 9:29 am

    Growing up, my memories of Thanksgiving were all of us gathered at my grandparent’s house, which was only a mile away. I would help in the kitchen over the years, learning to prepare the various dishes, which is one of the main reasons I love to cook. I also got to help out with the clean up and washing of dishes, a necessary part of any meal.
    Over the years, my grandmother would sit in the chair next to the doorway into her kitchen, and would pop up and go to the kitchen if any dish was getting empty, or someone needed something not on the table. Despite our pleas to let one of us get the food, she would always move quickly to fill the person’s need. My favorite Thanksgiving was one in which my cousins and I arranged for her to sit in a different chair, essentially locked in a corner, so we could wait on her and the others. It was kind of funny to see her try to get up, but then realize she couldn’t get out.

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is mushroom bread dressing. It’s a recipe my mother started making many years ago. Once I was married, it continued to be the primary dressing made at Thanksgiving. My daughters, now grown, have also carried on the tradition. What makes this dish so special is the connection it gives us to my mother, and their grandmother, who died in 1985. Making this dish, especially with my daughters, helps keep my mother’s memory alive in this traditional dish.

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    Amy S. — November 11, 2010 @ 9:33 am

    I love cooking with my grandmother. At any time, not just at Thanksgiving. But I love when she enjoys something that I made, knowing that she was the one who gave me my love for cooking in the first place!

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    Kara West — November 11, 2010 @ 10:04 am

    Thanksgiving isn’t thanksgiving without GRAVY! Yes, it seems odd to have that as my favorite dish, but nothing tastes as good without GRAVY poured over top. Turkey, stuffing, potatoes – they all have one thing in common…they need the GRAVY! Plus, my mother & I have a fantastic recipe for a make-ahead turkey gravy that not only tastes delicious, but makes life so much easier!

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    Kara West — November 11, 2010 @ 10:10 am

    My favorite Thanksgiving memory occurs every year on the night before the big dinner. My mom and I cook, and cook, and cook…till we can barely stand up anymore. There’s nothing better than spending the afternoon in the kitchen with my mom. Those are the memories I cherish and look forward to the most.

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    Leana — November 11, 2010 @ 10:24 am

    One year I made a chocolate fudge cake then wrapped it in chocolate and my dad said that it did not look good (he all ways picks on something I make). Later that day I found him in the kitchen eating a good piece of that chocolate cake before we started eating dessert, the plus is my dad is not a chocolate cake person. I just laughed, and tell you do this all the time.

    Have a great day everyone.

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    Leana — November 11, 2010 @ 10:28 am

    Favorite dish – I would have to say the Maple Bacon Sage Roasted Turkey, it soooooooo good.

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    Jennifer — November 11, 2010 @ 10:48 am

    I love the cranberry sauce that we started making a couple of years ago. It has become a family favorite and is requested both at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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    Kim — November 11, 2010 @ 10:55 am

    My favorite memory would have to be my family getting together, eating til we can barely move, and then playing board games!

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    Kim — November 11, 2010 @ 10:57 am

    I think my favorite Thanksgiving dish would have to be my mom’s twice baked potatoes!

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    Jessie C. — November 11, 2010 @ 12:12 pm

    My favorite memory is the big family get-together each year this time. All members fly over from different countries and enjoy some fun time together

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    Jessie C. — November 11, 2010 @ 12:13 pm

    My mom’s sweet potato casserole is my favorite Thanksgiving dish!

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    Jenna — November 11, 2010 @ 12:54 pm

    I would love a free turkey. =) BTW, I made your Israeli couscous recipe last night and it was AMAZING!!

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    Eliana — November 11, 2010 @ 12:56 pm

    What a fun way of dressing up Thanksgiving left overs. I love it!

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    Lindsay — November 11, 2010 @ 2:31 pm

    I absolutely love Thanksgiving. My favorite memory, was when my family ended up not having family plans one year and we had to go to CrackerBarrel a midwest restaurant. We all ordered the thanksgiving menu and it was HORRIBLE. We ended up going to Dairy Queen after to get blizzards because we were still hungry and we watched a christmas movie that evening while laughing about the experience at the restaurant!! :)

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    Lindsay — November 11, 2010 @ 2:32 pm

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish would most definitely have to be my moms sweet potatoes and stuffing!! ;)

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    Patti Cummings — November 11, 2010 @ 2:34 pm

    My most recent Thanksgiving memory is that of my mom, my son Benjamin and I driving through town delivering turkeys to those less fortunate. My husband works at a local homeless shelter and they provide turkeys for those that are home bound or are a part of the working poor. It was so great to instill in our son what it means to be blessed and what it means to bless others!

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    Patti Cummings — November 11, 2010 @ 2:35 pm

    My favorite Thanksgiving treat is Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie…..yum, I am currently drooling thinking about it!

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    Judy Neb — November 11, 2010 @ 2:37 pm

    One of my favorite Thanksgiving memories is the first time I was in charge of cooking the meal. My mother-in-law was recovering from surgery. I was so excited to prepare the meal on my own and it turned out perfect. My favorite part of the meal is a tie between mashed potatoes and gravy and my signature stuffing.

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    Jennifer Olson — November 11, 2010 @ 3:15 pm

    Mashed potatoes!! I could just eat that all day and be happy. Ok. Maybe some wine too…

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    sippitysup — November 11, 2010 @ 3:16 pm

    I did not know you lived in Tampa. I saw you on TBO! I grew up in St. Pete. We’ll have to hook up next time I get to FL! In the mean time I’ll take a turkey… because it’s my fav dish. GREG

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    Emily — November 11, 2010 @ 3:43 pm

    1. playing baseball in our cul-de-sac with our entire family. It’s cool outside and the leaves are falling off the trees. One of the best ways to have fun with our family!!

    2. definitely green bean casserole! And only my mom can make it, everyone else messes it up :)

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    Eunice — November 11, 2010 @ 4:38 pm

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is a tie between mashed potatoes & gravy and sweet potato casserole! So good :)
    I just love Thanksgiving food.

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    Becca — November 11, 2010 @ 4:52 pm

    Your turkey cups are ADORABLE! How am I supposed to eat something so pretty? Oh wait… there’s TURKEY and PUFF PASTRY in there… never mind… easily is the answer! :-)

    My favorite Thanksgiving memory is a tradition that we had growing up. My family would all spend Thanksgiving day assembling a GIGANTIC jigsaw puzzle together. As we smelled the roasting bird, we just knew that we had better finish up the puzzle and get the bird on the table! :-)

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    Becca — November 11, 2010 @ 4:54 pm

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is my sunrise souffle (basically, a quiche without the crust), which we have every Thanksgiving morning. I also love my Harvest cornbread stuffing. It has sausage and fresh cranberries in it. YUMALICIOUS!

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    Paula — November 11, 2010 @ 5:43 pm

    Great looking turkey cups!

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    wooliegirl — November 11, 2010 @ 8:38 pm

    By far, my all time favorite dish at Thanksgiving remains my grandmother’s sweet potato casserole. I have NEVER had one that even compared to hers and probably never will.
    She gave me the recipe last year and I still could not match it, must be her special touch. We fight over it every year…so true!

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    wooliegirl — November 11, 2010 @ 8:40 pm

    So many happy memories, but I think it would be my first Thanksgiving with my husband. It was the first time I had ever cooked an entire Thanksgiving meal by myself and it was perfect! I was so proud that I did it and didn’t have a meltdown.

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    Amanda L. — November 11, 2010 @ 9:33 pm

    Years and years ago we used to have a huge family dinner at my aunt’s house, the table would be all the way across the room. We would all go around and tell each other what we were thankful for.

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    Amanda L. — November 11, 2010 @ 9:34 pm

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is my Mom’s meat stuffing. It’s amazing. I can’t even put it into words.

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    Megan — November 11, 2010 @ 9:42 pm

    My favorite food would have to be turkey, corn, mashed potatoes and gravy all mixed up into one delicious pile of goodness :)

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    Megan — November 11, 2010 @ 9:47 pm

    My most recent favorite memory is going to my In-Law’s house, where my MIL makes enough food to feed a football team…even if its only 5-6 of us :)

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    Chiara — November 12, 2010 @ 4:53 am

    I make a very similar dish that my boyfriend taught me how to make since being Italian I had never had much of a Thanksgiving leftovers problem. Mine is made with cream of chicken soup, but other than that it’s pretty much the same, and I LOVE IT!!!

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    Kaley — November 12, 2010 @ 5:13 am

    My favorite Thanksgiving memory: with my grandpa, who passed away recently. Just eating until we were stuffed!

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    Kaley — November 12, 2010 @ 5:14 am

    My favorite dish is stuffing! My grandpa had a homemade recipe that was delicious and it’s literally the only thing my dad tries to cook now that he’s gone.

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    Jessica E. — November 12, 2010 @ 9:10 am

    My most memorable Thanksgiving moment was probably the first time I made the turkey for our family dinner…all by myself! And it wasn’t raw or burnt! It was a great feeling. I think I was maybe 13 or so!

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    Jessica E. — November 12, 2010 @ 9:11 am

    Favorite dish…that’s a toughy! I think it might be the pumpkin pie! I’ve got a definite sweet tooth and it doesn’t get much better than a delicious pumpkin pie with whipped cream on top! YUM!

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    Anne Conover — November 12, 2010 @ 10:03 am

    My favorite thanksgiving food is a carrot/turnip mixture my mom makes. It’s been our tradition since I was a child and we still have it every year-only on thanksgiving!

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    InternetCookingPrincess — November 12, 2010 @ 10:22 am

    You’re amazing! Easily the best blog giveaway ever. And I’ve got a family in mind that I would love to give this to. In answer to your questions…

    My favorite Thanksgiving memory: I spent a semester abroad in college. (South of France. My butt grew about 100 inches.) For Thanksgiving, some friends and I hopped on a plane to London, found some Turkey sandwiches and Dr. Pepper, sat on a bench overlooking the Thames, and talked about what we were thankful for. I know it sounds bland, but being away from home it was nice to have a little group to have a makeshift Thanksgiving with.

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish: Pumpkin cheesecake.

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    Marla K. — November 12, 2010 @ 12:13 pm

    Favorite Thanksgiving Memory… Having everyone over for the first Thanksgiving in our home. It was a beautiful fall day and just magical.

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    Sara — November 12, 2010 @ 12:49 pm

    My favorite thanksgiving was the first one I spent at my husband’s family’s house. My family never really celebrated it the way they do. The whole family is there including cousins, aunts, and grandparents. It is great!

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    Sara — November 12, 2010 @ 12:49 pm

    My favorite dish is cornbread pudding. YUMMY!

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    Shannon — November 12, 2010 @ 1:17 pm

    My favorite Thanksgiving was the year we bought our first home and I got out my fine china and cooked the whole entire meal. It kicked my ass, but it was totally worth it!!

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    Shannon — November 12, 2010 @ 1:20 pm

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is dressing. The good southern cornbread dressing! I have a Yankee husband and we totally disagree on what’s better, stuffing or dressing!! I refuse to make stuffing every year!!

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    Chris — November 12, 2010 @ 2:06 pm

    1. My favorite Thanksgiving memory is when my family would pack up and head to Nebraska and spend the entire holiday with my “Grannie” and all my aunts, uncles and cousins.
    2. My favorite dish is oyster dressing. YUM! Nobody else likes it but my hubby and me, so I just make a special dish of it and we don’t pass it. (:

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    Chris — November 12, 2010 @ 2:08 pm

    My favorite memory is smelling the roasted turkey through out the entire house. Another one of my favorite dishes is Baked Sauerkraut. YUM

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    Samantha — November 12, 2010 @ 7:04 pm

    My favorite Thanksgiving is four years ago. My grandfather and my mother were both very sick, but that year, we pulled Popou out of his house and Mom out of the hospital and managed to have one more holiday together. Both persons of great temper, they didn’t even fight.

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish (A bit unusual) is a Greek Rice Pilaf, made with a stick of real butter and at least six cups of stock. It tastes just like my Yaya’s.

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    ErinsFoodFiles — November 12, 2010 @ 7:43 pm

    Get out! Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday too! :)

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is a tie: My maternal grandmother’s fried apples (except they’re not really fried…); and my paternal grandmother’s chicken & dumplings. MMmmmm!

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    Denise — November 13, 2010 @ 12:33 am

    Oh Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday too. My favorite memory is just all of my family – aunts, uncles, cousins galore — together and not wanting to leave because we enjoy spending time with each other.

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    Denise — November 13, 2010 @ 12:35 am

    My favorite Thanksgiving dish is my mom’s cornbread dressing. I will eat that on bread as a meal it is so good.

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    Matthew — November 13, 2010 @ 4:20 am

    Looks great Jessica.

    I will surely try out the recipes and let you know how I got along.

    Tastefully yours,

    Matthew

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    Mom — November 13, 2010 @ 8:06 am

    My favorite Thanksgiving memory started sad my Uncle died while driving to visit us on Thanksgiving. So my parents (Jessica’s grandparents) had to fly up for the funeral. The return flight was on T-day so my sister made the dinner and she did it just as my Mom would have done. Now the funny part ~ while she was chopping celery for the stuffing she chopped a finger nail in there too! Of course no one ever said if they ate it or not. I was not old enough to drink but I do remember my sister needing a little wine to get her through this! LOL. And when my parents got home that afternoon my Mom asked about 100 times if we had washed the bird!

    My favorite food ~ the turkey while my husband is carving it. My sister and daughter’s stand over that bird picking bites off before he can get it on the platter.

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    Taryn — November 13, 2010 @ 10:01 am

    Favorite Thanksgiving memory-playing for hours on end with my cousins. I hardly remember the food, just running around blissfully without a care in the world!

    Favorite Food-Chicken and dumplings. My great-aunt always makes them for Thanksgiving and they are fantastic!

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    Peg — November 13, 2010 @ 4:03 pm

    1. Let me start by saying that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday – sharing with family and friends without all the hustle and bustle beforehand as it is with Christmas. My favorite Thanksgiving memory was about 17 years ago when I drove 400 miles through a blizzard to get home for Thanksgiving. I was 80 miles from home when I had to stop and stay overnight as they had closed the roads. The next morning, I shoveled the car out, dodged drifts and made it home. My sister, who lived 20 miles away, called and told my dad that she didn’t think they could make it because of the storm. My dad, in his usual calm way, said “That’s too bad. By the way, Peggy’s here.” My sister responded that they would be there ASAP.

    2. My favorite Thanksgiving dish? I love them all, but a couple of years ago my mom made a sweet potato and apple casserole that was out of this world! I’ve been giving her hints, so I hope she will make it again!

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    Katie — November 13, 2010 @ 5:09 pm

    One of my favorite Thanksgiving memories was from 2 years ago; my (now) husband’s family was out of town for the holiday, so I invited him over to my house for the night. We had only been dating for about a month at the time, and it was so sweet to see him get along with my parents, brother, and my aunt/uncle/cousin that were visiting! Thankfully, it didn’t scare him off or anything!

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    Katie — November 13, 2010 @ 5:10 pm

    Picking a favorite dish is HARD! I’d have to say that it has always been and will always be the mashed potatoes. I love mashed potatoes SO much…and I always have at least two helpings of them…mmmm

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    ellie k — November 13, 2010 @ 9:52 pm

    I love home made mash potatoes with lots of gravy, but I like all of the dinner.

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    ellie k — November 13, 2010 @ 9:58 pm

    Mash potatoes has to be my favorite but I love food so I like most everything.

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    Catey — November 14, 2010 @ 10:36 am

    My favorite memory is from when I was 6 or 7 having Thanksgiving at my grandparents house. My grandfather loved to draw and sketch so that year he made place cards. He drew at least 12 small pilgrims and glued headshots of each person to the head of the pilgrims. This stands out over all because even when his health was really declining, he still found a way to draw.

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    Catey — November 14, 2010 @ 10:38 am

    Even though I don’t favor sweets much anymore, my all-time favorite Thanksgiving dish was my grandmother’s French Silk Pie. Nostalgia, perhaps. I don’t think I could go back for several slices now but I would still love to taste it again. Try as I have, I just can’t replicate it!

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    Tango — November 14, 2010 @ 4:10 pm

    My favorite new Thanksgiving dish is Italian asparagus.
    Thank you for the chance.

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    kerri bryan — November 14, 2010 @ 4:27 pm

    Fave memory is hosting Thanksgiving for the first time right after my son was born. It turned out just fine even with the 100 trips back and forth to the grocery store.

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    kerri bryan — November 14, 2010 @ 4:28 pm

    My fave dish is pumpkin pie. My hubby makes an amazing pumpkin pie and his pie crust rocks!

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    Amanda W. — November 14, 2010 @ 4:48 pm

    My favorite Thanksgiving memories were when both of my grandmother’s were still alive, and we would spend Thanksgiving with both of them. I lost both of my grandmother’s within the last 5 years, so I cherish the time we all got to spend around the table.

    Now, my favorite Thanksgiving dish is not a traditional one, but it is something I request from my mom every year. Creamed turnips. Mmmmm. It’s really turnips and potatoes, boiled until tender. You make a white sauce with milk and flour, add salt and pepper and mix it all together. It’s sooo good.

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    Angela — November 14, 2010 @ 5:06 pm

    I love how excited my boys get when they get to go and play football against a bunch of other boys and their dads on Thanksgiving morning.

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    Jami — November 14, 2010 @ 6:32 pm

    My favorite Thanksgiving memory also involves my favorite food. Every year my Gram makes her Famous Rolls and those are the foundation for leftovers.

    The day after Thanksgiving, the whole family shows up at Gram and Gramp’s house (again!) to ease their leftover burden. We all gather together telling of our Black Friday victories and wonder how it is we are still hungry from the day before. But every person, EVERY ONE, makes a sandwich with Gram’s Famous Rolls. They are a tradition I am happy to pass on to my kids.

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    Cheryl Casperson — November 14, 2010 @ 6:33 pm

    My favorite Thanksgiving Memory(s) is just feeling the love and support we have for each other. Being able to talk, laugh, cry, and play as a family!

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    Cheryl Casperson — November 14, 2010 @ 6:35 pm

    My fav thanksgiving dish is STUFFING. OH so good!!

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    Becky H — November 14, 2010 @ 6:37 pm

    I dont have a favorite memory. I try to make sure every year is another amazing thanksgiving with the family!!

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    JulieD — November 14, 2010 @ 7:14 pm

    My favorite side dish is my co-worker’s potato casserole. Thanks!

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    LeeAnn P. — November 14, 2010 @ 7:57 pm

    When we first got together my now husband and I spent Thanksgiving together and decided we weren’t going to do the whole turkey thing. well at the last minute we regretted the decision and had to go all over town looking for an open market where we bought turkey tv dinners to celebrate Thanksgiving!
    murphykatt[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    LeeAnn P. — November 14, 2010 @ 7:59 pm

    my fave Thanksgiving dish is my mom’s stuffing!
    murphykatt[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    Kris — November 14, 2010 @ 11:58 pm

    Favorite Thanksgiving Memory: Taking our boys camping as a surprise on Thanksgiving morning.

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    Kris — November 14, 2010 @ 11:59 pm

    Favorite Thanksgiving dish is stuffing.

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    Amanda @SomethingSavory — November 18, 2010 @ 7:30 pm

    I love turkey covered in gravy. It’s the only time of year I have it.

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    Lauren — November 27, 2011 @ 7:57 pm

    I make something eerily very similar, except minus the olives. Puff pastry shells make anything yummy!

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    Kim — November 28, 2011 @ 9:11 am

    Jessica- loved this recipe! I made it last night and it was a hit for both my husband and me!

    • Jessica replied: — November 29th, 2011 @ 11:13 am

      So glad ya’ll liked it Kim! :-D

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