Thanksgiving Traditions: Old and New

by Cate on November 23, 2015

Still working on planning your Thanksgiving menu? I’ve got a few ideas for you, some old and some new, to make it as delicious and stress-free as possible.

When it comes to holidays and traditions, I tend to straddle the fence between strictly keeping with tradition, and throwing tradition out the window.

Over the past few years, I have made a conscious effort to not just keep with tradition just for tradition’s sake.

“Just because we’ve always done it that way” is no longer enough.

It has to be more like “we’ve always done it that way and everyone loves it.”

Otherwise, what’s the point, right?

Although we haven’t hosted Thanksgiving the past few years, I found I missed that part of it, so a few years ago I started doing a separate Friendsgiving.

Which kind of allows me the best of both worlds.

The pressure of the “big day” is off, as my sister has the reins on that, but I still can still revisit some old favorites and discover new ones with our Friendsgiving feast.

It’s like double-dipping on Thanksgiving.

Nothing better.

Now onto food…

Let’s start with something new.

A few weeks ago, the folks at Echelon foods reached out to me to tell me about their Bacon-Wrapped, Sausage-Stuffed Turducken.


Quite honestly, they had me at bacon.

And then coupled with the fact that I’ve never had turducken before.

YOLO and all that.

And an impromptu pre-Thanksgiving feast with neighbors was suddenly planned.

If you are not looking forward to wrestling with a turkey this year…

Or calculating what time you’ll need to get up Thanksgiving morning to properly cook it…

Or want to free up your oven…

You might want to seek out this Turducken.

Originally I was daunted by the mere mention of it, thinking it was going to be all sorts of complicated.

I couldn’t have been more wrong.

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