The most essential part that I so adore the most about that day is mandatory rule for all family members to help out with cooking. So far I didn't even have to ask for help, kids just flee the kitchen with joyful heartwarming need to help mama with preparation of the FEAST. Oliver and Maya are pro potato peelers and really wish for bigger gatherings and more potato dishes. So far we are stuck with sweet potato fries, baked mini potatoes and mashed potatoes...they said that next year we should have two more variations.
Amelie is definitely my pro chopper, she actually manged to make Waldorf salad all by herself !
Apple Waldorf salad recipe.
- 3 or 4 apples, unpeeled, cut from the core, and chopped into bite size pieces (about 3 cups)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/3 cup raisins
- 1 cup celery, cut in long sticks
- 1/3 cup walnuts, toasted taste better
- 1/3 cup yougurt
- 2 table spoons of mayo
- honey, splash or 2
- pinch of salt
- chives, as much as you wish
- lettuce , about 2 cups, shredded or chopped
Another great family tradition for that day is baking those delicious Rolls Baked in a Jar . Kids skip the rosemary part, but it still tastes pretty awesome, and they love the idea of many little steps of baking that goodness ...of course with grand finally of pulling out the rolls from the jars.
And yes, those yummy rolls go fantastically well with cranberry sauce, that kids make. Super easy recipe, fresh orange juice, cinnamon sticks, maple syrup , stir it here and very and hear it pop .
One of my favorite foods for that day is fantastic succotash , traditional Native American food dish made with primarily of corn and lima beans or other shell beans. The very first step is very important - blanching onions with butter ! that gives the whole dish a little bit of sweetness. After that add peppers, red or green, saute a little bit, add beans and corn, cook about 15 minutes. I like adding herbs as well, sage, thyme and oregano bring a nice earthy flavors of harvest season.
Making vegetarian Thanksgiving feast is totally possible, it happens every year in my house. We celebrate our family with delicious foods giving thanks for a delightful harvest . And we let one turkey run wild.