Did You Survive Thanksgiving? Easy Recipes!


What’s Up Saturday is a few recipes that was on my Thanksgiving day menu. One is a staple in my house when serving turkey.  It is a potato stuffing with a Pennsylvania Dutch twist. I was telling a neighbor my Thanksgiving dinner fare and realized, not everyone from Pennsylvania knows of this dish. And they are missing out too.


When I prepare a big holiday meal, I really plan ahead with menu and cook times.

I lay out all the ingredients and kitchen ware before I start each dish. While cooking, I clean as I go to keep my workspace free of clutter. By meal time, there is very little left in the kitchen to wash or put away. This organization keeps everything headache free and rolling right along on schedule. Much is done the day before as well.


Broccoli, carrot sticks and sliced onion steamed, then drizzled with lemon juice and a tablespoon of butter. Cut up a day ahead for quick prep.

Using these simple recipes and assembling them a day in advance makes the holiday cooking a breeze.


This was the first time I documented the whole meal for a blog post. The one dish I am featuring is one that was made the day before, as was the pumpkin pie, steamed vegetable medley and candied sweet potatoes.


The turkey this year was a breast, not the whole bird as I usually do. I made it very differently too. I love to experiment and mix up flavors to tantalize the taste buds. Cooking would be boring without creating.

The Pennsylvania Dutch Potato Filling is a handed down, simple recipe for the most part. I do add carrots which I never saw in any recipe. It gives the side a colorful confetti look.


When making a huge meal for which people must wait with mouths drooling to the tantalizing fragrances wafting from the kitchen, I often make a breakfast sweet bread to tide them over until dinner is served at 1pm.

Yes, that is a German Pennsylvania tradition too, early holiday meals. I think it is to have leftovers once again in the evening, but I have no idea why the big meal is early. It was the same for Sunday meals too. Families up here have holiday and Sunday dinners at traditional dinner times. I have always kept to the schedule I grew up with. Anyway, I made Cranberry Banana Nut Bread to have with morning coffee. In my case, diet Coke.

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Pennsylvania Dutch Potato Filling, one you probably don’t know.

Honey Glazed Turkey Breast with a tang of hot pepper.

Cranberry Banana Bread with toasted almonds.

Cranberry Candied Sweet Potatoes with a dash of maple syrup and orange zest.

The meal started with fresh greens topped with diced apple and toasted walnuts, and dressed with a simple homemade, and very tasty raspberry (made with frozen this time of year) vinaigrette. I baked bread – sort of (I have a bread maker) so it makes one item easy to make. I round out the Thanksgiving menu with a steamed vegetable medley flavored with lemon juice and a touch of butter. The meal ended with homemade pumpkin pie. Some years have a soup course, which might be my mushroom soup, cream of asparagus soup or a roasted tomato/basil soup. I make soooo many kinds of soup.


And of course, I have flowers on the table to make me smile. You will see these flowers again as they were purchased to make a poster for a garden walk this summer. The group meets early to keep the scheduled deadlines of the National Garden Festival. Always something “cooking” at GWGT.

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17 Responses to Did You Survive Thanksgiving? Easy Recipes!

  1. Donna this meal looks amazing…we had/have holiday meals early as well in our Italian house. And there is always too much food all day. I must try those potatoes.

  2. For me, the dressing has to be the kind I grew up with. Any other part of the meal can be different, but there has to bread stuffing.

  3. Nice picture there. And I love pure maple syrup. Giving up that corn syrup for life. Some say that Maple Syrup is too much more expensive. However, I look at it like this, I use less maple syrup then I would use corn syrup. So the savings are in that you can use less but still have the same , no BETTER, sugary taste, all natural and with no additives. You can’t beat that.

  4. I’ve never heard of potato stuffing. It sounds so interesting!

  5. debibradford says:

    Yummy!!! I, too, need to try the potato stuffing recipe. My husband would LOVE it! Thanks for the recipes…!

  6. I can only tell you one thing… I’m off to the kitchen!!!!
    But first …the flowers!
    Beautiful post, Donna! 🙂

  7. Happy Belated Thanksgiving…the pie looks sumptuous!!

  8. Yum, you’re making me hungry for Thanksgiving all over again.;-) My German ancestors (both sides of the family) settled in Pennsylvania first before moving to the Midwest. So we have a lot of Pennsylvania Dutch recipes in the card file. One of my favorites is my grandma’s Pfeffernusse cookie recipe. Nice floral arrangement, too, Donna!

  9. Layanee says:

    The recipes all look great. I love the variations on a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. No doubt the Pilgrims would have made these if the ingredients had been handy. We are lucky in this century. Happy Thanksgiving if a bit belated.

  10. Pat says:

    Yum! Apple pie!

  11. Hope your Thanksgiving was happy and by the looks of that meal it was! That potato stuffing looks so yummy…may have to give it a try!

  12. Looks delicious! ~SueBee

  13. Karen says:

    Hi Donna, yes, I survived Thanksgiving. Wonderful recipes to try, they look delicious. And the flowers add the crowning glory to the table.

  14. Fergiemoto says:

    Beautiful, and looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipes.
    We celebrated thanksgiving a couple days early (because of chemo). We have traditionally done the turkey fixings from scratch, and still do.

  15. tyannak says:

    Yum! Great Recipes!

  16. Yum. I really like the looks of the sweet potatoes with cranberries.

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