Holiday meals: A look back, a look ahead

Last month, I asked what you had for Thanksgiving dinner.

In another few days, many of us will be sitting down to a big Christmas dinner; then, a week after that, there’s always the question of a traditional New Year’s meal. And that doesn’t even get into Hanukkah dinners and so on!


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So, looking back, my sister-in-law Adriane said about Thanksgiving: “We enjoyed a fresh, locally raised turkey; Pioneer Woman’s creamy mashed potatoes; green bean casserole; homemade cranberry sauce; creamed corn; candied yams; seafood casserole; oyster stuffing; pecan pie with whiskey maple cream sauce; pumpkin pie and cherry pie! OMGosh! It was goood.”

Dianne had a different idea – AND combined two holidays! She says, “Our 15-member family celebrated Thanksgiving on Friday with Royal Farms chicken. Everyone brought something to contribute to the meal to make it the easiest Thanksgiving ever. We usually have Christmas gifting at the same time as some members travel great distances to join the celebration.”

My friend Linda H. says, “This year I didn’t cook. We moved some furniture out of my late uncle’s house in Maryland and into our new house here. We also moved some other stuff I had in storage and then we went to Cracker Barrel. Hubby and I had the turkey dinner and our helper had chicken fried chicken. It was very yummy especially the chocolate chip pecan pie. Best thing, portions were limited to what was on the plate. Second best thing … no dishes.”

Looking ahead, what are you serving at your next holiday dinner? And start thinking about New Year’s… I’m long overdue for a good pork and sauerkraut post!

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My name is Joan and I'm a lifelong Yorker. Throughout high school and college, I swore I was getting out of here as soon as possible. Now, a few years later, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be. I love my town, and I hear every day from readers who love their towns, too. So please, connect with me and let's share what makes life in York County great. I'm here to help you enjoy this place as much as I do!
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2 Responses to Holiday meals: A look back, a look ahead

  1. Joe says:

    I have a trilogy of holiday dinners this week. Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and day after Christmas. Each will be a full meal cooked by me. Nothing too fancy, two days will feature a roast, Sunday will be a ham.
    Looking ahead to New Years – despite being a life long York Countian, and part German I do not do the pork and sauerkraut… I may do pork but definitely not sauerkraut! Does this mean my York Countian card gets revoked?

  2. ljr says:

    So much good food! Christmas Eve it’s at MIL’s for shrimp, crabcakes, crab legs, french fries, cookies, and cheesecake.
    Christmas Day will be at my house it’s the traditional Turkey, with gravy, filling balls, mashed potatoes, green been cassarole, sweet potato cassarole, corn pudding, Lima Beans, rolls, pepper slaw and for dessert, pecan pie, shoe fly pie, angel food cake, any cheesecake, pumpkin pie and cookies. Everything will be homemade!
    Then for New Year’s Eve we go back to shrimp and crabcake again!
    OH MY – I can hardly wait!
    Merry Christmas to ALL! and good eating!

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