This Thanksgiving will be one with lots of food, shared with loved ones.  Monday, October 10th is Thanksgiving Day in Canada, it is also my sister Tia's birthday - Happy Birthday Tia - we love you!  (Tia and her family live in Calgary Alberta - and we do miss them!)
This post is all about holiday family traditions.  If I did not make these recipes, my family would skin me alive, so what I try to do each year, is introduce a new "extra" side dish or dessert.  This year, I will be making a new braised greens dish, and a new pumpkin pie recipe - and will post them next week.
By the way, I make these extra side dishes often throughout the year (except the Cranberry Sauce) so it is not like my family is deprived.  One year, I made salad, steamed broccoli and carrots, and another dish I forget what that was....mercy....I did not hear the end of it!  In any event, I learned my lesson, I will never do that again, nope, not ever. Back to the Traditional Recipes it is.
We will be having a Free Range/Organic Turkey, with gluten free Apple Sage Stuffing:
For side dishes we will have:  Garlic Mashed Potatoes:
Roasted Garlic Ginger Yams:
A lovely Vegetable Medley:
And of course wonderful rich gravy.  These are the recipes that have become Holiday Traditions in this house.
Oh, I almost forgot - my new favorite Cranberry Sauce Recipe: (I am now a Cranberry Sauce Convert!)
Usually, we have a chocolate dessert as well as a pie.  This year I will make a double batch of gluten free Brownies with SCD whip cream, and blackberry coulis, plus pumpkin pie with SCD Whip cream.
Do you have any Holiday Traditional Family Recipes you would like to share?  Please do...I need more ideas for next year!  So, whatever date your Thanksgiving Day is, I wish you all many blessings, good health, and happiness.  🙂

Ina Gawne


  1. We don't have a Thanksgiving Day here (I don't know why, I think it is a fabulous idea - if you can't find SOMETHING to be thankful for, you have very big problems!)
    I hope you have a great day, and send the same wishes and blessings back to you. XXXOOO

  2. Such beautiful food, Ina! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, and happy birthday to your sister, too! 🙂
    p.s. I love the idea of introducing a new dish each year. Keeping the traditional while trying to introduce something new and fresh. 😉

  3. A happy thanksgiving to you & your faily in Canada!E,njoy these festive times with your loved ones!
    Your feast dishes look so delicious & I want to try them!! MMMM,...!!!!

  4. Thank you for this great post. Makes me excited for the US Thanksgiving. This will be my first year hosting the holiday and I will be making your Cranberry Sauce! Happy Thanksgiving to you!

    1. Caitlin - you are so welcome. One thing we did discover, you want really ripe pomegranates, ours were not as ripe this year, so we did need to add more honey....still really flavorful. Just add sweetener to taste. Also, it is best if made a day or two before....gels up really nicely. Enjoy! 🙂

  5. Hi Ina, thank you so much for the birthday wish! I miss you all so much! I wish I was able to join you for dinner! Your website is so amazing. Alia is going to love it - she is really wanting healthy eating these days. We are both going to try your recipes. Melody has been telling me all her favorites so we decided to log on and my apologies for not doing it sooner, what a treat!
    I love you and miss you so much. Take care - hugs to you all xox

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October 8, 2011