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A Traditional Southern Thanksgiving

A Traditional Southern Thanksgiving

Holiday Dishes with a Southern Flair!

by Paula Deen

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
Fresh Ham
Easy Yeast Rolls
Compound Butter
Southern Cornbread Stuffing
Oyster Dressing (For Michael)
Green Beans and New Potatoes
Wayne’s Cranberry Sauce
Cranberry Salad
Aunt Peggy’s Sweet Potato Souffle
Ol’ No. 7 Yams
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Giblet Gravy (A How-To article with recipe!)
Pumpkin Pie
Chocolate Pecan Pie

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Reader Comments:

 

Paula, I agree with you 100%.  I love when people bring their own dishes to my Thanksgiving table.  It not only gives them a chance to share, but to also become part of “our” Thanksgiving meal by contributing.  This year I have decided to be the person bringing a dish (or 4) to someone else’s Thanksgiving table.  So I told everyone I was not hosting this year, and now I have 4 invitations for Thanksgiving dinner.  Along with a list of dishes that each of them wants me to bring.  Its nice having people love your cooking and enjoying it.  Now I get why my grandma Jean never seemed to sit down at the table for holiday meals.  She was too busy making sure everyone had plenty to eat and they were all happy.  Thats what made her happy and now I do the same thing.

I do think Thanksgiving is my favorite “meal” holiday.  All the good ole fashioned food and family recipe’s just seem to bring back so many good memories of times past.

Happy Thanksgiving to you Paula, all your staff and all of your fans.

Greg Kantner of Tampa, Florida on November 15, 2010 08:31 AM

Paula is an example for women all over who has struggled.  I can relate and keep on going.  I don’t have money or riches, but I have love and the love of good food that my family and I share.  Paula you are someone for young people to see how important it is to never give up.  Thankyou for making me smile on days when I didn’t want too.

Kathleen Casiano of Vero Beach FL. on November 15, 2010 01:51 PM

My mom and dad are both gone now, but each year I try to carry on Mom’s traditions. The most important thing ,is to gather all the family and enjoy food and fellowship. Prepareing the feast, does take some time, but it is so worth it, when everyone sits back after the meal and loosens their belts. I know I have done my job. Love ya Paula. you are the best

Linda Parker of Jefferson Ga. on November 15, 2010 01:51 PM

This is so true Miss Paula. I just got done fixing the dressing for Thanksgiving that has been handed down for my Grandmother and Mom. I make it early and put in in the freezer and then pull it out on Thanksgiving morning to bake on Thanksgiving day.  It makes it so much better the flavor goes all through it and that is what my Grandmother did.  I’m 65 and have showed my son and daughter how to make it so they will have something that we have always had on the Holidays.Have a wonderful Holiday Miss Paula I watch you all the time. And came to your place in Savannha,Ga in Oct.  Love you lots..

Trudy Points of Foley, Al. on November 15, 2010 02:14 PM

Dear Paula,
My Mom and I love watching you and trying lots of your recipes.  Now, my youngest, 24yo asks us when we make something new, it’s Paula’s isn’t it… He always tells me that what we fix is “banging” or “crucial”  which means great!Anyway, one of our biggest traditional sides that goes along with our holiday is baked apples, basted with cinnamon candies.  The kids fight over them, so we have to make sure to make plenty.  I’m even trying to do a “Paula” taking baked goods and sandwiches to small businesses in my area.  Thanks Paula, for being the great cook and funny wonderful person you are.  Take care.

Linda Montgomery of Virginia Beach, VA on November 15, 2010 02:37 PM

Paula, I love your recipes! Thank you for sharing them with us.  I want to share on that my mom made for us every Thanksgiving. She got it out of a cookbook back in the 1940’s and it smells wonderful and tastes even better! Let me know if you try it. It is the best!
Anne Albritton


Althea’s Savory Bread Dressing

2 cups boiling water or chicken stock ( chicken stock makes the recipe better)
½ cup butter
1/3 cup chopped onion
¼ tsp pepper
1 Tbsp powdered sage
½ tsp salt
2 Tbsp diced celery
2 Tbsp minced parsley
3 quarts bread cut into 1“ cubes (1 loaf of bread)

Combine chicken stock, butter, and onion. Simmer for 5 minutes. Add remainder. Mix well. Pour over bread cubes in a big bowl.  Mix well.  Pour into a greased 9”x 13” pan. Bake 30 minutes 350°.

*I usually double or triple this recipe for turkey. My family always wants seconds and some to eat with leftovers for the next day.

** My mom got this from a Better Homes and Garden cookbook back in the 1940’s.  Best dressing recipe ever!

Anne Albritton of Kinston, NC on November 15, 2010 02:38 PM

Your Aunt Peggy’s Sweet Potato Souffle, is juswt the way the my gram did does but she makes extra topping and mixes a lil inthe potatos than more on top with walnuts cause they are a softer nut ,But my fav would be her CRISCO CAKE its a very very old recipe from downthe line of the family i have changed it a little to suit others taste buds but is is still by far the best to look forward ..Now that my gram is no longer with us i do the CRISCO CAKE every year and its still just as good as gram fixed it ..Paula if u would like the reicpe to maybe use on one of shows email me and i would be glad to share i love ur show and watch everyday ..

SHAY WARD of WETUMPKA AL on November 15, 2010 02:39 PM

Paula I think I am a lot like you. Thanksgiving is family time. (The more the merrier) A time when everyone gets together and brings there favorite dishes. We all eat until we are totally stuffed and then bring out the desserts. Everyone says I’m stuffed but, just cut me one small piece. I surely do miss those Thanksgivings at MAMA and Daddy’s house. It just seemed as though everything tasted better back then. We ate, cleaned up and everyone sat around and talked and the kids actually played outside. Running around and playing chase or hide and seek. Boy Oh Boy those were the days!

Sherrill Dobson of Purvis, Mississippi 39475 on November 15, 2010 02:46 PM

Paula I make my Thanksgiving stuffing quite different from yours. This is the way my MAMA made it so, most people I know do cook a lot like there MAMA. I bake a large pone of buttermilk cornbread in about a 10 inch skillet. After it cools so you can handle it; I crumble it into a large bowl. I toast 6 slices of bread and also crumble into the cornbtead and mix well. I chop about 1 1/2 cups each of celery and onion and one bellpepper I usually pour chicken broth into the same skillet I just took the cornbread out of and pour the celery, onion and bellpepper in and simmer until the vegetables are soft. In the meantime I boil about 8 eggs and after they have cooled I chop and along with the vegies add all of this to cornbread mixture. Include all of broth if there is any left with vegies and mix all well. I open 1 can cream of mushroom and 2 cream of chicken soup and mix together with all of the cornbread mixture. If it’s to dry I like to pour in some drippings from cooked turkey. So fine. Bake in a 400 degree oven until top is lightly browned and it’s bubbly around the sides. I telling you Paula this recipe is delish!!!!!

Sherrill Dobson of Purvis, Mississippi 39475 on November 15, 2010 02:59 PM

I can’t find your recipe for your ambrosia cranberry sauce. That sounds wonderful. I have tried several of your recipes and they are all great.

Patricia Crow of Lake Elsinore, CA. on November 15, 2010 03:24 PM

My family does not do the Turkey and Dressing thing every year.  In fact this year I am making the Chicken Pot Pie and Bobby’s Goulash from your new 2011 Calender.  My son got me the calender when he was at Lady and Son’s, brought it to me, and said, Mom, this is what we want for Thanksgiving!  Anytime I do a “Paula Dinner” my boys are delighted!

Karen Mize of Zephyrhills, Fl on November 15, 2010 03:28 PM

Our menu is the same except no mashed potatoes and Mama makes a unique cranberry congealed salad that is her very own recipe and we serve greens, both turnip and collards. I do not do the oyster dish, Mama used to do an oyster casserole that we all fought over (he he!) My son makes green bean casserole, sometimes he makes macaroni and cheese and he usually makes coconut pie and I make either a chocolate layer or old fashioned caramel cake. Sometimes my daughter in law will make Chocolate Delight. And sometimes there are additional congealed salads. I usually make slushy pink lemonade for the children. I make a mustard sauce for the ham or turkey out of mustard and brown sugar. Last yr we ate until we could bearly move, then the men, children and women went outside into a pecan grove and we had a kind of competition to see who could throw a nerf ball into the pecan trees and knock off the most pecans.  We picked up the pecans and enjoyed being outside.
We had last yrs dinner at my husbands men’s club in order to have lots of room.
Happy Thanksgiving!
Kathy

Kathy H. Webb McCrary of Bronwood, GA on November 15, 2010 03:41 PM

Paula,  I couldn’t have said it better myself!  It just isn’t Thanksgiving without the family favorites!  I always host, since I decorate heavily for autumn, (by Sept. 1) and it’s my time of year!  I meet every guest as they come in the door, wearing a turkey apron that has it’s legs dangling to my ankles.  It has become a holiday favorite.  This year there will be an added surprize worn by my husband.  I would be totally at home in your kitchen and you in mine, ‘cause your my kinda gal! Finished raising two kids on my own and we now share the name of Jackson for our Grandson’s.  Cool, huh??  A very blessed Thanksgiving to “you and yours” from “me and Mine!”  Pam

Pam Daubner of Cleveland, Tennessee on November 15, 2010 04:21 PM

I’ve been looking for a fabulous broccoli recipe.  Any chance of sharing Neice Corrie’s Broccoli casserole recipe?

Arlene Wilkinson of Cypress, TX on November 15, 2010 04:44 PM

Every year I make Cranberry bread.  I got the recipe from my mom who also made it every Thanksgiving and Christmas.  We also give it out in small loaves for friends and relatives.  Several years ago I made up my own dressing, which the family now loves made with Jiffy cornbread and biscuits and sausage.  Yum, can’t wait.  Love you Paula.  You always have great shows.

Louise Wright of Colorado Springs, CO on November 15, 2010 04:53 PM

I knew you were my kind of cook, when you added a sleeve of saltine crackers to your cornbread dressing. Just the way my MOM taught me.Actually that is what got me hooked on watching your shows. You are my go-to-girl when I want to find a recipe that takes me back home. Thanks soo much for your help.
Judy Mckinney

Judy McKinney of Bigelow, Ar on November 15, 2010 05:49 PM

I never waver from what I have every year. Turkey, ham, green beans,corn,broccoli salad,dressing,
deviled eggs,roast beef(for my father-in-law),mac and cheese and for dessert banana pudding, pumpkin pies. I almost forgot, cranberry sauce and homemade rolls. It takes me two days to prepare and they all eat it in fifteen to twenty minutes. ERR! lol Love ya Paula!

Dorothy lemaster of Inman,sc on November 15, 2010 06:03 PM

Hi Paula, one of our family traditions that has been passed down from my grandmother to my mother and now to myself, is having a rhubarb pie for the holidays.  It is a must and the family can’t do without it.  I have often thought, maybe they don’t want it this year, so I will question them and they insist that we always have it.

Twyla Bohl of Santa Maria, CA on November 15, 2010 06:14 PM

Thanksgiving has revolved around the making of the homemade bread in the morning for the turkey sandwiches later that night.  The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade is on while the prep begins for the feast we all look forward to.  The smells wafting from the kitchen lures all brave enough to try and sneak a taste.  My Mother was always the touchstone for this special day.  She would direct everyone and everyone got a job.  It has been ten years since she passed and we have carried on in her tradition.  What a blessing it was that I had the forethought to tape her ‘directing’ the making of the bread.  That tape is as treasured as the memories. 
Mom’s stuffing is exactly replicated after all the years as her right hand, it had better be or I would have a very disappointed family.  Like you Paula, I stood by, watched and assisted, that is how I learned to keep Mom’s memory alive thru the foods we all love. 
I am thankful every year when I see my family enjoy the Thanksgiving feast.

Arlene Brice of Chadds Ford, PA on November 15, 2010 06:22 PM

I am not going to enjoy Thanksgiving this year no one wants to have a dinner. I guess my husband and I will smoke a turkey and fix something to go with it and eat by ourselves. I love the holidays but everyone else wants to be a scrouge.

Marilyn of Tupelo, MS on November 15, 2010 07:28 PM

My Dear Paula
My favorite for Thanksgiving is making Brocolli and Rice Casserole, Dressing, and Peanut Butter cake. We always have a good time. We eat till we bust.
We love you Paula and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your precious family.

Kathy Bell of Roland, Ar. 72135 on November 15, 2010 07:42 PM

I agree, with all you and the others said. We have a family cook book dedicated to my Mom , who will not be with us this Thanksgiving, but we have all the memories, love and family recipes to pass down to the next generation. Thanksgiving is what America is all about.

Ferrolyn Hightower of Spanish Fort, Alabama on November 15, 2010 07:50 PM

Dear Paula:

We have a Thanksgiving get together, usually way to much food. One dessert I have been making for forty years is “Stacked Pies”. They are very very fattening. They are made with some of your favorites—eggs, butter, heavy cream and vanilla. I had thought about not making them this year, and got promptly corrected by my daughters.

HAVE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM OUR HOUSE TO YOURS!!

Charlotte

Charlotte Hackman of Ponchatoula, Louisiana on November 16, 2010 08:04 AM

i want to share this with you 1998 a beautiful couple from minesota they were tourist .r. snow birds that come to south texas we met at the flea market and i ask her 2 come 4 thanksgiving so they did when they were here he ask 4 hot salsa and some tortias but salsa .n. tortias dont go with thanksgiving anyway i did make salsa ..n..tortias we did have a great time

josie atencia of edinburg texas south texas on November 16, 2010 09:31 AM

Happy Thanksgiving to you and all the family. Thank you for all y’all do for fans, and ppl in need. God Bless.

Donna S of Martinez, GA on November 16, 2010 11:07 AM

Each year my family looks forward to what I’ve been making for the past 40 years. My stuffing is made with cooked and chopped giblets,sauteed with butter celery onions and added to stale bread cubes,seasoned and chicken broth added for moisture.YUmmy!  I also make stuffed celery using cream cheese with either wlanuts or black olives added to the cream cheese. The traditional mashed potates ,gravy turnips cooked with carrots, sweetpotatoes, and of course my homemade apple pie and pumpkin

joan tomlinson of new milford, ct. on November 16, 2010 11:11 AM

Paula, you are the best.  Thanksgiving is the greatest time to bring together the family.  We are so thankfull for all we have.  You have made a lot of our dinners very good. I wish you and your family a blessed holiday.

Patricia Butcher of Williamstown, WV 26197 on November 16, 2010 11:16 AM

I make Aunt Peggy’s sweet potato casserole and added a small can crushed pineapple, drained to it, yummy and my family loves it.  It’s a sweet surprise!

Pearl Reynolds of Conway, SC on November 16, 2010 01:11 PM

Paula:

Every year we have to have oyster dressing just for my husband Clint. He’s a ship pilot just like Michael for the Houston Pilots.  Must be something about those ship pilots….Thanks for the recipe!  We have only been married 2 years so I have not perfected the dish..YET!

Tootles…
Stephany Winegar

Stephany Winegar of Houston TX on November 16, 2010 02:13 PM

Thanks so much for showing that certain people in your family have to have a “dish” of their own.  Oyster stuffing is it for me!  We make two stuffings and one is always oyster—one of my Dad’s favorites!  He enjoyed helping my mom in the kitchen and always made that stuffing so now I do the same.  Certain dishes for certain family members are read traditions!

Barb McLaud of Towanda PA on November 16, 2010 03:02 PM

This year we are having Thanksgiving at my house smile  We normally go to my Mom’s but this year Mom and my sisters are coming to me, woohoo! Since I began watching you on Food Network my contribution to Thanksgiving is a gooey butter cake, each year I do a different flavor. This year it will appropriately be a pumpkin gooey butter cake. 

Wishing you and your family a very blessed “traditional” Thanksgiving! Thanks for making me smile (all the time) smile

Always, Tracey

Tracey Lopez of Turlock, Ca on November 16, 2010 03:05 PM

I am now alone on Thanksgiving human wise LOL Have my 3 little fuzzbutts try to help me make my dinner, which is a complete one.  Will have 17 or 18 different items this year.  Then I can eat for at least a week and it is fun to find new ways to use the left-overs after the first couple or three days.

I miss the days when there were always 20-25 for dinner, but times change and we have to make do and now it is nice to have a quiet day.  Hopefully one of these years my gf and her family will come again.  They are having a real hard time and she refuses to come and not contribute, no big deal to me.

Char of Holland, MI on November 16, 2010 03:18 PM

Paula
You are so down to earth . This is why you are so
well like by everyone.  Thanks for being you !!
I love your recipes. Happy Thanksgiving to you.
        God Bless,
        Marilyn

Marilyn Harper of Herrin ILL on November 16, 2010 04:42 PM

When my oldest son, Tommy, was alive his favorite dish was Squash Casserole with lots of brown sugar and butter.  I still make it as part of our Thanksgiving dinner.  It makes me feel like he is still with us, which of course he really is. At least in my heart.  I usually start cooking on Tuesday so by Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, most everything is ready and I can enjoy the company of my family and friends that we share our dinner with.  Happy Thanksgiving to you all and may your life be as blessed as mind.

Anna Parham of Franklin, NC on November 17, 2010 02:46 AM

Thanksgiving is all about family and friends gathering together.  I enjoy the holidays and it is the two times a year I kick everyone out of my kitchen and for 2 days the kitchen is mine.  When I start a part of me goes back in time to when I was a little girl helping my Mama with the dinners.  Thanksgiving this year will be extra special this year as I almost lost my husband to in a motorcycle accident but with lots of prayers and love he survived and is healing.  My family is going to be more thankful this year as we have all come through some very tough times and although we are struggling the one thing we have is one another.  God has blessed us and is still blessing us each and every day and Paula may he bless you, your faily and your extended family as well.  Thank you for being so positive and uplifting, I love your laugh and when I see you on TV it just makes my day.

Ainslee Pickenpaugh of Summerville, SC on November 17, 2010 03:07 PM

Ok, Mama’s Oyster Casserole was not dressing. It did not have to be anywhere near the bird.  It only had milk, crackers, oyster liquor and butter in it. And we would really scrap over it and fuss if someone took too much.  I have tried to make it but the trick I think is to get the right proportion of liquid to crackers. She only used a sleeve or so of saltines. Think she baked it at about 350 just until the oysters were bearly done and began to curl. She would serve it in a pyrex casserole. Think she just seasoned it with salt and white pepper.

Kathy H. Webb McCrary of Bronwood, GA on November 17, 2010 05:02 PM

Tracey, try your pumpkin gooey butter cake using a spice cake mix instead of yellow.  It’s delicious!  I’ll be maing one too.

Judi H.  Alabaster, Al.

judi947 on November 18, 2010 01:06 AM

Paula I agree with all you said about sticking to the what you know and cooking the same old favorites, I am a recipe addict. And have tried many times to change dishes from my norm. My daughter has a fit! She said no one can make dressing like my mom, well it is pretty much like yours except I take some extra turkey mean and boil it in my stock for the dressing and tear it up and put it in along with the giblets. She loves it that way, so I guess I will stick to the routine. I love the Thanksgiving holiday since it reminds me of all I have and all I have lost. And am thankful I still have plenty.

Sheila of Palm Beach Gardens, FL (hometown Atlanta, Ga on November 18, 2010 08:35 AM

Paula, my daughter and I just love you.I am originally from Augusta Ga and have been to Savannah many times. I love all the traditional food for Thanksgiving and having family.I always make my Mothers sweet potato suffle or her sweet potato pone recipe. I love all your recipes and have tried many. So Thankful for everything.

Kay Rogers of Avondale AZ on November 18, 2010 11:44 AM

oh paula, i love your cookbooks, your food, and your show. it nice to see a piece of the south world wide. thank you for helping some of my friends. they won’t listen to me.  so thank you for helping them because they really don’t know how to cook. now can you help my mother. lol. happy holidays.

stacy dea of jefferson texas on November 19, 2010 12:10 PM

Somewhere, as I was “crusing” the site I read something about covering the turkey with bacon grease and just roasting it. Can I get more information on that? Salt and pepper? any other seasoning? Regular cooking time? Thanks so much. I am spending a VERY misplaced Thanksgiving in the Pacific Northwest when I am a Georgia girl and I want to share a REAL SOUTHERN Thanksgiving with our friends.

Missy Keith of Vancouver, Washington (yuck!) on November 19, 2010 09:54 PM

Paula:

I started hosting Thanksgiving a few years ago, when my mother-in-law’s brother was very sick. I have been hosting it ever since and love it.  I love waching you cook in “your kitchen”. I cook a Ham, from your smithfield recipe with coke, pineapple, cherries, brown sugar and cloves.  The aromatics are sooo good. Everybody brings something.  Most bring several somethings.  I like traditional recipes such as my husband’s grandmother’s marinated carrots and fruit cocktail (we always had Thanksgiving at Roscoe and Lottie’s…miss that).  This year I am going to surprise my family with an Oyster stuffing, because it is what my Ma White made.  Thanksgiving to me is synonymous with tradition.

Robbie Phillips of Cookeville, TN on November 20, 2010 11:09 PM

i am 10 years old and my sister is 29 years old we love your show she cook what ever you cook we have all your magzines so ha i love your recipes

jasmine of dallas tx on November 21, 2010 09:47 PM

hello paula i love all ur dishes for thanksgiving and my favorite is the stuffing i made it for the past three years and my oldet loves to help me make it he even tried it once. He said mom ur stuffing is really good were did u learn that and i had said that it was from paula deen. then he like whos that mom and i said she’s a great cook and shes on tv alot. she loves to cook to. i want u to know paula deen that i have been getting ur personalized items from walmart every yr for christmas. last yr i got ur 10 pieace pot n pan set and it works really great. i get ur magaizes too and keep all the recpies that are in it they are really good. well i want to let you, your staff and ur family know that i live by your great food and all ur great thoughts. i have learned alot from your tv shows and ur web site u have. have a wounderful thanksgiving paula deen and thank you again crystal

crystal lingenfelter of 527 sproul moutain road Roaringspring ,pa 16673 on November 21, 2010 10:38 PM

hiy paul I love watching your show Im; from in philippines but live in south carolina for 23 years. Ijust love watching you. you have a great family. you always have good recipes for everyone.and thank you for does recipes help me lot. for cooking I will keep watching your show and thank you againg.

lisa taylor of union south carolina on November 23, 2010 10:27 PM

Happy Thanksgiving Paula.  May you and your family have a blessed day.

Evelyn Hurst of North Carolina on November 23, 2010 10:42 PM

Paula, I hope you and your Lovely Family Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

annette kendall of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky on November 24, 2010 09:46 AM

Hi Paula! My story is a little different. Growing up the only child of elderly parents, they were worn out by life and couldn’t care less about the holidays, although at Halloween we always had a pumpkin, and at Christmas we always had a tree. Thanksgiving wasn’t a big deal, with only 3 of us. We roasted a chicken.  Food wise, Dad was a huge fan of plain boiled beef. Take a perfectly good roast, and boil it to death - hmmm.
Anyway, I taught myself to cook, and have hosted family groups now for 35 years, and lately I have used several of your recipes. I’ve enjoyed your show, too and admire what you have done! Our group this year is down to 4, but that’s ok, I’m making my own traditional offerings for them and using my Mom’s antique dishes and my own antique pilgrims and pumpkins to decorate our table. It will start the memories, once again!
Wishing you and yours a Blessed, and Happy, Thanksgiving!

Sharon Russell of Imperial, NE on November 24, 2010 05:40 PM

Paula, I am 40 years old and have only made one Turkey in my life. Tha was because my Mom was in the hospital at the time.I was 19 or 20 then. I have never made a Thanksgiving Dinner of my own for my family!!! I just thought U might get a laugh out of that!

Laura Harris of Warren, Michigan on November 24, 2010 09:05 PM

i have all your books and love them you are a great women for sharing your recipes with all of us. i am a pretty good cook but you give me many ideas. i must say everything i have every tried of your recipes have been great i wish you and your family a happy thanksgiving and a very merry christmas
linda

linda steele of flat rock al on November 25, 2010 06:21 AM

Paula,
i wanted to send you this message ,to let you know that the pie crust recipe on the box of your baking flour is the” best”  I went exactly by the directions and it turned out to be the flak-iest homemade crust that I have ever made it was beautiful for my thanksgiving apple pie!!!! thank you so much!!!! i will always use this recipe!!!!

susan k stewart of wendell n.c. (RALEIGH) AREA on November 25, 2010 11:20 AM

Dear Paula: I grew up with my mothers parents in house or as staying the week ends,And when we took them home to their apt a neighbor always made dinner for the whole family. She started baking on Sunday Morn,and would make 4 pies,and 4 Smotherd chickens,2 of the pies were called Chess Pies,and were so sweet.They had at least 1/2lb butter,and 13 eggs. She said this was her family favorite.And had some sugar in it,Do you have a receipe for this

Donald L Stevenson of Melbourne, Fla. on November 25, 2010 05:11 PM

I love all your recipes. I made a pumpkin gooey cake for Thanksgiving. It was wonderful. I have tried probably all the variations of gooey cake and each one is more delicious than the next. Last christmas we made 3 different ones in a week. Paula your the best cook on t.v. and I love your cookbooks.

flossie skirvin of wilmington,delaware on November 26, 2010 02:12 PM

We have no family here, so my husband and I went to Harrah’s Casino and ate at Paula Deen’s Buffet for Thanksgiving.  It was great, as usual.  I love the chargrilled oysters.  I hope you enjoyed your day with your family.  We will probably do the same for Christmas dinner.  Our family is scattered in Ga., Fla, N.C., Utah & Austrailia.  Happy belated Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!!
Love your show.
Carole

Carole Finnell of Memphis, Tn on November 26, 2010 05:32 PM

paula i saw youll make the sweet tea pie can you post it for us thank you ann

frances ann baker of sharon tn. on November 27, 2010 03:55 PM

 

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