I don’t mess around with Thanksgiving. It’s one of those holidays where a traditional meal really counts. Every year the family gathers in the kitchen and Jamie says grace, thankin’ the Lord for all of our many blessings. Then we pull up to a table overflowin’ with tried-and-true recipes like Aunt Peggy’s Sweet Potato Souffle, giblet gravy and my wonderful ambrosia cranberry sauce. And I don’t vary from that. I give everybody their favorites—the dishes that always deliver. In fact, I don’t recommend anybody using this holiday to pull out a brand new recipe. No surprises on Thanksgiving. Sometimes surprises work out all right, but real comfort food comes from doing what you’ve always done best.
It’s become a tradition for my friends and family to bring one special dish to our dinner table, letting them show off their cooking ability. My niece Corrie is famous for her fabulous broccoli casserole and my sister-in-law Jodi makes a delicious squash casserole. This makes my life a lot easier and I get to enjoy other people’s cooking as well. Now we sit down to a family meal that truly is a family affair.
Now, you may be thinking, “Oh, I’d never cook for you, Paula!” But people who know me best love to cook for me ‘cause they know how much I enjoy other people’s cooking. Especially homecookin’. I’m not blown away too much with hooty-tooty restaurant cooking. But I so enjoy homecookin’ because everybody has a different interpretation. You can give 10 people the same recipe for cornbread stuffing and chances are it’s gonna look different on every one of ‘em. I just love a dish made from the heart, especially when that person is so near and dear to my own.
Y’all, I believe in treating company like family and family like company—it’s a rule I live by. So I don’t expect anyone to lose sleep over bringing a dish to my Thanksgiving dinner. I’m no different than so many women out there across America. I’m not schooled; I learned from my grandmother. A lot of people come into my kitchen and they’re intimidated at first, but not once they get to know me. My favorite dishes are made by my favorite people. That’s why I think that sharing your best Thanksgiving recipe with your family is like giving them a little piece of yourself. And in the spirit of Thanksgiving, there’s nothing to be more thankful for than that.
Paula’s Traditional Southern Thanksgiving:
Deep Fried Turkey
Easy Yeast Rolls
Southern Cornbread Stuffing
Oyster Dressing (For Michael)
Green Beans and New Potatoes
Wayne’s Cranberry Sauce
Aunt Peggy’s Sweet Potato Souffle
Ol’ No. 7 Yams
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Giblet Gravy (A How-To article with recipe!)
Chocolate Pecan Pie
Everyone calls Paula dean because i cook for friends and family and they say i talk like Paula tho i am 71and never as pretty as Paula i want to be like Paula i love her and her family
normal maskell in The Great Party Challenge on June 12, 2013 at 10:11 am
Susan Lott is a great party planner! She has tons of great ideas that she needs to share with the online world. I have been begging her to start a Facebook page or Etsy account. The graduation gift that she made me was hand drawn with my name and different definitions for each letter. She framed it and I cherish it.....I also would have paid about $50 for it in a store. Thanks for sharing her idea but this idea is nothing compared to some of her other quick and money saving tips! You should hire her for your creative team!
Love you Susu!
Adrienne Hilliard in Baby Showers and Sprinkles on June 11, 2013 at 10:55 pm
I love this idea!! It is too cute!
Sandi K in Baby Showers and Sprinkles on June 11, 2013 at 4:04 pm
This summer I got two fruit trees a peach and a pear I have a cherry tree int the front yard I got last year praying to live in a place with better weather all the time Banana's would be fun to have as well as olives
bonnieford in Paula’s Fruit Trees on June 10, 2013 at 3:12 pm