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Keeping Family History Alive at the Thanksgiving Table

November 23, 2012

Thanksgiving went off without a hitch at our house. We had twists on traditional favorites (Cajun Spiced Turkey) as well as new recipes to accommodate our vegetarian guests (Buckwheat Harvest Tart). Regardless of the variations, there are always several dishes I have to make in memory of my late grandmother: rolls from scratch, green-bean casserole, and pies made with homemade crust. (That's a photo of a Johnston family holiday spread circa 1965.) Among my sister, mom, and me, we always seem to misplace the roll recipe. I asked Grandma J once to write it down, but she never did. Her rolls had good days and bad, leading us to suspect she was winging it most of the time. This year, rather than start the roll-recipe phone chain, I tried this Parker House Roll recipe and formed them into clovers. The green-bean casserole is a childhood flavor memory I can't quit and pies are a point of family pride. Making these dishes keep grandma front of mind, and I can't help but think a part of her is there in the kitchen with me cooking. What family-favorite holiday dishes will never leave your Thanksgiving menu?

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