Holiday traditions…Thanksgiving

This evening I have been getting a few things ready for Thanksgiving. Since I have to work  all day, the day before Thanksgiving, the more I can get done beforehand the better!  We actually have two celebrations, one on the day for my husbands family which we are hosting. The other is on Sunday with my family. Each celebration has their own traditions in regards to the menu. The menu for my husbands family is traditional. I have in dish they request every year which is, Glorified Cabbage. It’s like a cheesy scalloped cabbage casserole. I was given the recipe years ago by a friends mother (thank you Sharon!) Here it is, I promise I’ll post a pic after I make it Thursday!

 
My family’s relatively new tradition is to have a vegetarian, gluten, soy, corn, peanut free, low cholesterol menu. This will be the second year for this due to dietary restrictions of a few family members. What we have at this celebration is veggies and dip, soups, salads and desserts. I know it sounds like it would be difficult to fulfill these parameters but it’s easier than you think! I make black bean sweet potato chili (Recipe courtesy of Whatsgabycooking.com) and apple crisp.

  

Here is the spread from last Thanksgiving…no one went home hungry!
 

One thing I always make at the holiday time is banana salad, it was my grandmothers recipe. Although, I have written it down on my own recipe card I still pull out my grandmothers recipe card. It’s in her handwriting and has many stains on it but I feel like when I use it she is right there in the kitchen with me.😍 It’s  not really a salad but more of a caramel pudding with bananas and peanuts. So if your a peanut butter and banana lover you should try it!   

I especially love how it says ‘butter the size of an egg’ I figure thats about 1/2 a stick?.?
 
Everyone enjoy your traditions new or old and have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! 

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