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Cheesy Squash Casserole

This squash casserole recipe has been a part of our Thanksgiving family tradition for many years.  It’s easy to double for crowds at the holidays and is such a great fall dish.  It’s so cheesy and yummy, it has all the ingredients for ultimate flavor.  Make sure to drain the squash well after it is cooked before adding it to the rest of the ingredients, this will prevent the casserole from becoming too runny.  You can add more cheese to make it even cheesier or substitute the cheese in this recipe with your favorite variety.  I sometimes use panko bread crumbs instead of the regular buttered bread crumbs, it just depends what I have on hand.  This is a very simple addition to any meal but has become one of our families favorite Thanksgiving additions.

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2 LBS Yellow Squash, sliced

2 Eggs, slightly beaten

1/4 C Chopped Green Pepper

1/4 C Chopped Onion

1 C Mayonaise

1/2 C Grated Cheddar Cheese

1/2 C Grated Parmesan Cheese

Salt and Pepper

Buttered Bread Crumbs

Cook squash until tender; drain well. Add remaining ingredients.  Taste for seasoning.  Place in a greased casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.  When almost done, sprinkle with crumbs.  Return to oven to complete baking about 5-10 more minutes.

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Cranberry Relish

We are in the last stretch of Thanksgiving planning and shopping! Where has this month gone? One of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes is this cranberry relish dish.  It was passed along to me from a dear friend and I’ve tweaked it over the years.  It’s a fun addition to your Thanksgiving menu, and adds beautiful color to your table.  You can costomize it to your to your taste by adding more sugar to make it sweeter or less sugar for a nice tart relish.  You can make it in advance and freeze it as well for your convenience.

1 bag of fresh cranberries (finely chopped in food processor)

1 small can crushed pineapple

3 TBS honey

1/3 C – 1/2 C Sugar (depending on your preference)

1/2 C walnuts or pecan pieces

zest of naval orange

Juice of one naval orange

Combine all ingredients together

Wonderful for ham, pork, turkey and chicken

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Thanksgiving at Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World is a fabulous place to visit over the Thanksgiving holiday but can get very crowded, so make sure to plan ahead. There are no Thanksgiving activities to speak of, but the Christmas celebration is in full swing and the parks are bustling with Christmas cheer! Although there is not much going on for Thanksgiving, you can still enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the yummy fixings. I love it this time of the year and don’t even mind the crowds.

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We have visited Disney twice over the years during the Thanksgiving holiday. On both occasions we ate dinner within the WDW resort. The first time we were there on Thanksgiving Day we were traveling with our own family as well as with extended family and we ate at Jiko located at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. They provided a full traditional Thanksgiving dinner as well as everything on their regular menu. I opted for the traditional Thanksgiving feast and the food was outstanding, I was very pleased! We had a large group, but were all able to sit together at a comfortable table and the service was exceptional. I would recommend this restaurant not only for Thanksgiving but for any time of the year. The Animal Kingdom Lodge is a great place to explore after dinner and check out the animals right on the property, it’s a beautiful resort.

The second time we visited Disney on Thanksgiving was with a large group of friends and we ate at the Rose and Crown Pub at the England Pavilion in Epcot. It seemed a little ironic to eat at the British themed Rose and Crown but it really was a great experience! They also had the traditional Thanksgiving option as well as their main menu items. I enjoyed their Thanksgiving fare and was very pleased with my meal. We had late dinner reservations which worked out well, it gave us more time to enjoy a nice evening in the park, then finish the day with a delicious meal and great memories with friends.

My NUMBER ONE TIP is to Make sure to make reservations as soon as you can!!! If you haven’t then you may need to have alternative plans. If you are unable to make reservations, try visiting lounges within some of the resort restaurants that provide full menu options. You will have a wait time but it’s a great way to eat at a nice restaurant opposed to quick service dining on Thanksgiving Day.

Popular Disney restaurants that usually provide Thanksgiving dinner:

Magic Kingdom
LIbery Tree Tavern

Disney’s Contemporary Resort
The Wave
Chef Mickey’s
California Grill

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort
Narcoossee’s

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Whispering Canyon Cafe

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground
Mickey’s backyard BBQ
Trails End

Epcot
Le Cellier
Rose and Crown
Biergarten Restaurant
Akershus Royal Banquet

Hollywood Studios
Brown Derby

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Jiko
Sanaa

Be sure to check the Walt Disney World website, disneyworld.disney.go.com to get all their updated information for the Thanksgiving Day Dining options and to make your reservations!

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Grandma’s Thanksgiving Cranberry Bread

Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende Devlin

Unknown-1-1.jpegThis is the time of year when I would read one of my favorite books, Cranberry Thanksgiving, to my boys when they were little. I love this 1971 vintage book from my childhood, it’s a fun story with some lovable characters. Grandmother’s cranberry bread recipe is included at the end of the book and has become a Thanksgiving staple at our table every year. I love making this bread and it is absolutely delicious with just the right sweetness of the orange and slight tart flavor of the fresh cranberries. It’s the perfect buttery Thanksgiving bread!

Grandmother and Maggie live at the edge of the cold and windy cranberry bog. The story begins as Grandmother is baking her delightful cranberry bread and preparing for Thanksgiving dinner. Grandmother’s cranberry bread recipe was so famous and special that bakers from all over the countryside were trying to get her secret recipe, even offering money. Grandmother kept the recipe safe and hidden behind a loose brick in her dining room fireplace.

Maggie and Grandmother were excited to each invite a guest to their home for imagesThanksgiving dinner. Grandmother is not happy to find out that Maggie has invited Mr. Whiskers, a scruffy old sea captain that Grandmother is sure is trying to steal her secret recipe. Grandmother’s guest, Mr. Horace is much more refined, well dressed and smells of lavender. Grandmother is much more pleased with her guest and welcomes him in.

After enjoying a delightful Thanksgiving feast complete with turkey, corn pudding, turnips, peas, pumpkin pie and of course the coveted cranberry bread, there is a tussle between Mr. Whiskers and Mr. Horace. Surprisingly it was the well mannered Mr. Horace who was trying to get his hands on Grandmother’s hidden secret recipe. Mr. Whiskers catches Mr. Horace trying to steal the recipe and saves Thanksgiving.

Here is Grandmother’s wonderful secret recipe….wink wink!!

2 cups flour, sifted
1 cup sugar
1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
1⁄4 cup butter
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon orange rind, grated
3⁄4 cup orange juice
1 1⁄2 cups raisins, (optional)
2 cups fresh cranberries, coarsely chopped

DIRECTIONS
Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda together.
Cut in 1/4 cup butter until mixture is crumbly.
Add egg, orange peel, and orange juice and mix until mixture is evenly moist.
Fold in raisins and cranberries.
Spoon into a greased 9 x 5 x 3 loaf pan.
Bake at 350°F for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until toothpick in center comes out clean.
Cool out of pan on a wire rack. keep stored in aluminum foil.

You can get your own copy of this children’s classic, Cranberry Thanksgiving at Amazon.com