Thanksgiving recipes are part of what makes the day so special. Some of the most memorable dishes from my childhood feasts came from my grandma: homemade noodles with chicken, dump cake and a strange, but yummy green “salad” made with pistachio pudding and marshmallows. (I have no clue why it’s referred to as salad as it contains exactly zero vegetables.)
Just about every family has recipes that are staples year after year. Don’t let them slip away. Write them down and share them. There are some great uses for putting Thanksgiving recipes together in a book.
Celebrate family heritage
Most of us just don’t get together regularly for large extended family dinners these days. People are busy and spread out. Talk to the key cooks in your family. Get them to release those favorite recipes. Invite other family members to share their favorite recipes. Type it all up and upload family photos from past holiday meals. Turn into a PDF, so tech savvy family members can access it on their phones and tablets wherever they are. Print it out for those who haven’t embraced the digital age.
A classroom project
Many teachers feel pressured to send something home for every holiday. Offer to take the turkey day project off her hands. Send home notes to each family requesting they send you a favorite family recipe, along with a story about the dish, if possible. Have each child draw a picture to go along with their recipe. Make copies of all the recipes and drawings and bind them together into a book of Thanksgiving recipes for each child’s family.
Inspire someone just starting out
Know someone who is just starting out on their own? Perhaps a newlywed cooking Thanksgiving dinner for the first time or a college student who can;’t make it home for the holidays? Surprise them with a thoughtful gift of a homemade recipe book. Collect your own favorite recipes, those from family and friends and anything interesting you find on the Internet, such as celebrities famous stuffing recipe. Put the recipes together into a book, along with a grocery store gift card and cute apron for a sweet gift to show you care.
What would you include in a Thanksgiving recipe book? Let us know in the comment section.