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Radio City Rockettes (my favorite performance) at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Its almost Thanksgiving time! For me that means a day of tradition, family & comfort. We have lived in a lot of cities. From balmy Southern California afternoons spent hiking off those turkey calories to freezing Dallas days with the hint of snow in the air, the houses may have been different & the weather varied but some things never change. I have always been lucky enough to be surrounded by loved ones, spending time in the kitchen creating delicious dishes that fill us with warmth and love. I appreciate the reassurance in the little habits that only happen on this one day. One of my favorite traditions is waking up to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade while preparing our meal. I tie on the prettiest apron that I can find (it’s a holiday, that means a little glam is required, right?), turn on the parade, and help my mom prep the turkey, mash potatoes, and scoop out the dressing. I love the festive floats & the balloons. It just sets the stage for the holiday season!

charliebrown1As Thanksgiving draws closer, many conversations turn to food. Whether it is between friends or coworkers, someone always asks “What are you making for Thanksgiving?” On our table you can always find the usual suspects: turkey, mashed potatoes, peas, gravy, etc., but one dish seems to stump my friends: Corn Pudding.  For those of you who have never tried it, Corn Pudding is a classic Southern recipe consisting of corn, milk, eggs, and a little bit of sugar. It has a rich, soufflé-like texture. You could also compare it to a custard. The secret to getting a delicious corn pudding is to mix it up the day before and let it set over night. It can be made the same day but you will get a much better consistency if you let it set. Here is my family recipe. Give it a try!

 

IMG_8061Southern Corn Pudding

Ingredients:

Directions:IMG_8012

Combine all ingredients.

Beat well.

Pour into a shallow oven friendly dish. (If the dish is too deep, the pudding won’t set.)

Optional Step: Let set in the fridge over night in a covered dish.

Bake at 350 for 1 hour.

Jiggle the dish. It should be firm, not liquid.

 

What are your favorite Thanksgiving traditions? Do you have any favorite dishes?

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