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Edna Shaffer: Grandma's Kitchen

November 9, 2008

Grandma's Kitchen: Thanksgiving recipes

Today I feel like my calendar is bouncing up and down on the wall, screaming at me ... and pointing bony fingers at all the circled dates: church bazaar, doctors' appointments, birthdays, mail, e-mails, phone calls, study groups, election, grocery shopping, and columns, columns. I'm cowering in the corner whispering back, "But there's only one of me!" and knowing it only picks up speed as the holidays approach.

I'm sure so many of you feel the same way, it's what I call the "sticky note war." Everything we can cross off is a battle won.

Today our holiday caper is my priority. I have a file brimming with notes and recipes from you faithful friends, just waiting to be shared. Since this lands in your box before Thanksgiving, I'm using two recipes you might find helpful for turkey day. For those of you who missed the column requesting holiday recipes, I hope you can sit back and enjoy, and wouldn't it be nice if we could coast through the holidays without our hair standing on end!

It is hard to find Thanksgiving's true spirit of gratitude, and celebrate the Birthday of Hope that comes at Christmas, when we are going at breakneck speed. We desperately need the joy and peace they offer. So let's encourage each other to slow down.

I have some pretty basic recipes for you today from Nadine Dolan of Traverse City, and Paula Cruickshank of Suttons Bay. They will add some special touches to your Thanksgiving table. Nadine and Paula reminded us that all hearts go home for the holidays, this is when we long to be around the tables of our childhood. Even though we now have our own traditions, no food is ever quite the same as mom's.

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