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Carrots & Pretzels: Thanksgiving eats for the whole family

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Isn’t the Internet grand? Just found a guest post I wrote two years ago highlighting my go-to Thanksgiving cookbook. Saves me some time drafting a new post. And, hopefully YOU some time searching for a new family-friendly recipe. Alas, I can’t rewind to two years ago when the house didn’t feel quite so empty. My favorite part of the holidays is having everyone who can get here, home. My guess is that’s your favorite part too. Happy eating–and hugging. Blog tip: Want some decor ideas, click the image below. 

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(Originally posted on November 18, 2011 on The Alonna Zone)

“I met Dawn Warden through our membership in Les Dames d’Escoffier and we each recognized in the other a passion for, not only good food, but zest for life.  She is the former Senior editor and Food editor at Main Line Today.  I asked her to share her Thanksgiving traditions and favorite family dishes. Here is Dawn…”

…Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, as much for the gentle get-your-grateful-on kick-in-the-pants as the crazy-good food that has us all moaning and poking at our bulging bellies by the end of the day. For years now, I have only cooked from Anthony Dias Blue’s Thanksgiving Dinner cookbook, which as far as I am concerned, is the only one you need. My only dissension is the stuffing recipe, which I found on the back of a box of Snyder’s pretzels and thought, ‘What the heck; I’ll give it a try.’ With five kids in the house, stuffing made with an abundance of chunky pretzel bits seems like a safe bet—it was, and still is. Here the recipe courtesy of Snyder’s of Hanover. I tweak it with better quality gourmet pork or veal sausage, baby bella mushrooms and celery—and set aside some that is plain for picky and non-meat eaters.  Continue reading