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Thanksgiving 2011 New Mexico

Updated on November 25, 2011

Thanksgiving Feast 2011

We all try to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends every year.

The friends are the nicest part but the food does tend to take center stage! The food is a traditional array of comfort foods.

A comfort food is a food that lives in our memories as a safe and happy time in our lives. It is more often than not any fancy cuisine. It is made of easily procured ingredients from time tried recipes.

Aunt Mary always brings the ribbon salad. Aunt Louise always makes the noodles. Grandma always cooks the turkey. Mom always makes the baked beans, and so on. These were foods and dishes all lovingly prepared and so taken for granted by us when we were kids.

Who would not give a king’s ransom for one of those dishes still prepared by that long passed Aunt or Grandma or Mom?

We do remember that there were certain dependably bad foods made too! My husband tells a tale of his mom’s home made tomato aspic. He felt badly that he did not like his mother’s tomato aspic, so he ate that first to get it out of the way so he could then enjoy the rest of her home made meal.

Turns out that because he ate it first she thought he particularly loved her tomato aspic so she made it for him specially. So, for years she went out of her way to make it just for him and for years he dutifully ate it first to get rid of the dang stuff.

The pictures are all of Thanksgiving Day 2011. Our little church was stretched to the capacity to feed the 122 people that signed-up to attend.

Enjoy, without the calories!

By the way, to whoever made the pecan pie; great flaky crust and not too sweet. It was just right pecan pie! Yum.

P.S. I made cheesy potato casserole with half a jar of mild salsa. Another Midwestern dish with a New Mexico twist! I let it slow bake for 1 and one-half hours to get a nice crispy crust just like mom did.


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      Linda Compton 6 years ago from The Land of Enchantment

      Dear Fellow NM Kindred Spirit,

      A truly delicious hub! And bless your husband's heart. That cracked me up. Still, let kindness always prevail. And aren't those often the experiences that make the best stories? Rejoicing with you on being part of such a wonderful celebration and congregation.

      Blessings, Linda

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      NMLady 6 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

      I am thankful for so many hub friends and their kind words. What a blessing finding hub was for me....and that includes mar and DeborahNeyens.

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      Deborah Neyens 6 years ago from Iowa

      The story about your husband and his mom's tomato aspic made me smile. Glad you had a wonderful holiday.

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      Maria Jordan 6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      What a sweet story about your husband "pretending to love" Mom's tomato aspic... very heartwarming, as is this story.

      Thanks for sharing and hope you are continuing to enjoy your Thanksgiving weekend.

      Voted UP & Awesome and Beautiful, mar.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Love the pictures!

      I think we're having third Thanksgiving day today! Lots of comfort food leftovers to eat! YaY!

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      shea duane 6 years ago from new jersey

      "...cheesy potato casserole with half a jar of mild salsa..." I knew I could count on you. Wonderful hub!

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      NMLady 6 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona


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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      NMLady, I love comfort foods, I guess everyone does? :) It great to see people still having potlucks, where everyone brings a favorite dish, or something to share. I love memories like that, and doing it still when we can. Looks like a good time was had by all. I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful, I know I have so much to be thankful for, and we had a nice and quiet day here.