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Thursday, October 30 2008

If you're like me you're always on the lookout for some new Thanksgiving recipes to try. I enjoy cooking  and started cooking the family dinner on Thanksgiving a few years ago. I also love experimenting with different flavors and ingredients. Some of my favorite foods are ethnic foods such as Moroccan, Indian and Persian.

However, on Thanksgiving I know I have to stick with classic Thanksgiving recipes, but I try to prepare them with a twist. I know that for years my family has eaten canned jellied cranberry sauce, but I'm tired of cranberry sauce out of the can. The last few years I tried some new Thanksgiving recipes. I've made both Bourbon Cranberry Sauce and Tangy Apple Cranberry Chutney, both were very simple to make, and the family enjoyed them. The best part is that we no longer use canned jellied cranberry sauce.

My family used to eat plain vegetables like corn and peas, carrots and creamed corn.  Way too much in my opinion. I stopped cooking the creamed corn and the peas and added a Pear Onion au Gratin and a Campbell's Green Bean Casserole. Since they all enjoyed the new vegetable side dishes they didn't miss the old ones they used to eat.

One of my favorite parts about Thanksgiving is the stuffing.  I used to make a very simple sage stuffing, in the bird. It was good, but I wanted to try something different.  Several years ago I made an Apple, Sage and Sausage stuffing, and cooked it separately in the oven. I used my homemade Turkey Stock. That year the family didn't touch the Sage Stuffing from the bird, but they finished the Apple, Sage and Sausage Stuffing.

Another twist I've made to our Thanksgiving dinner menu is the addition of ham. But not just any ham, and not a spiral ham. After I score the skin of a smoked bone-in ham I stud it with cloves. I then cover it with a glaze of pineapple juice, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, garlic and ginger. I then decorate the ham with pineapple rings and maraschino cherries. I glaze the ham every 20 minutes during cooking.  Another hit. This Thanksgiving we'll be cooking a smaller turkey and enjoying ham too.

It's been easy for me to bring a turn about in my family's Thanksgiving menu. I've done it slowly and carefully. At each Thanksgiving I add one or two new things and note their reactions. The next year I prepare the new recipes they like, and do away with the old recipe it replaces.

Catherine Olivia has lots of new Thanksgiving dinner menu ideas. You can find Thanksgiving and Holiday recipes by visiting

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