Thanksgiving Dinner

I love Thanksgiving.  It is my favorite holiday.  I love it more than Christmas, my birthday, Easter, and Halloween (and yes, my birthday is a major holiday).  I love the fact that with Thanksgiving comes no expectations of gifts or grandeur.  Instead, we expect fun with family and friends, good food, and a little (or a lot of) football.  My parents enjoy asking people to join our family for Thanksgiving.  Military is my dad's favorite genre of guests.  Guys (or gals) who can't go home for the holidays are always more than welcome to join our family feast.  I have always appreciated my parents hospitality and their willingness to open our home, not just at Thanksgiving, but year-round. 

Thanksgiving is fairly simple at the Garcia house.  We have all of the traditional eateries and it is all super yummy.  The table is never set in a particular way and we don't ask anyone to dress up.  However, this year, I want to switch it up a bit.  I don't want to ask anyone to dress up, but I do want to dress the table up a bit.  I know you all know how obsessed I am with Real Simple.  They have some really cute ideas.

I am going to try a couple of new recipes, the first being a little something to snack on while the main course is being prepared. 

Sweet Potato Wedges


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • 4 pounds small sweet potatoes, each peeled and cut into 8 wedges
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Heat oven to 400° F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the oil, sugar, nutmeg, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Stir in the cumin and cinnamon. Add the sweet potato wedges and toss to coat.
  3. Transfer to a large rimmed baking sheet and arrange in a single layer. Roast, turning once, until the edges are dark brown and the wedges are crisp, about 1 hour.

The second is a corn bread recipe that my sweet friend, Katie Jacobs, gave me this summer at Windy Gap.  I will be testing this out on Friday for our annual Young Life Thanksgiving Dinner and will let you know how it turns out. 

What recipes are traditional for your family's Thanksgiving holiday?