All posts tagged: Thanksgiving Dinner

A Centerpiece for Giving Thanks

Autumn in our Hudson Valley always brings on an abundant harvest to be thankful for. It signifies that time of year when the coming together of our families, spills over with a cornucopia of blessings, and expressions of our gratitude on Thanksgiving Day. When we fill our tables with family, food, and refreshment, the one thing that might be missing is a centerpiece. My niece, (our EIC Andrea Graye), asked me if I like creating table decorations/centerpieces with flowers, foliage, etc. for the dinner table on Thanksgiving Day. I do, I have, and there are an array of ideas to tell you about! As I reminisce about my Thanksgiving tables gone by, there is one that I hold dear to my heart: my Italian grandmother’s long, rectangular table! She would scatter different sized bowls, from yellow-ware to crystal, down the center of the table, and fill them with fruits, nuts, and condiments, such as tangerines, grapes, mixed nuts in their shells, figs, lupines, olives, and cranberry sauce. Having these healthy treats to snack on while waiting for the main course made for a lot of happy people….that, and a few bottles of wine rounded out her table! An added option for more ambiance to her centerpiece above would be to …

Thanksgiving Dinner Planned for You!

As I said in a previous article, Fall is my favorite time of year.  Since I was a little girl, it always meant cold days and cozy nights, and being at home with my family.  It just said to me, “gotta get ready for the long winter.” Perhaps what I love most about Fall is Thanksgiving!  It is my MOST favorite holiday and my favorite meal to cook (and the easiest, if you know a few tips). Here are my easy guidelines that I created over my 30 years of making Thanksgiving dinner! The Day Before: Make the stuffing, pies, cranberry sauce, and the first step of your sweet potatoes.  Boil your sweet potatoes until tender (but not falling apart) with the skins on and then once cooked, remove skins and set in fridge for the next day. If you buy canned cranberry sauce, throw the cans in the fridge to get them cold for the big day, or if you like to make your own, you’ll want to do this ahead of time too …