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Fan Favorites: Thanksgiving Recipes, Contributor Style


It’s a time when we all sit around the table, talking gratitudes and football. 

Some talk about the mundane every day, “This is what I do for work, and no, nothing’s new.” While others, at the same table, are laughing until tears fall from their eyes.  Some sit in solitude, while others rolls their eyes checking their phones.  Others savor every second they have with their loved ones. 

Regardless of how you spend Thanksgiving, we’re willing to bet that everyone sits around the same ‘ol table at Gigi’s house with the same traditional Thanksgiving meal everywhere…

  • Turkey (check)
  • Cranberry sauce (check)
  • Stuffing (check)
  • Green bean casserole (check)
  • Gravy (check)
  • Rolls (check)
  • Mashed potatoes (check)
  • Boring…(check)

Sarasota Moms Blog has your back, though. 


We teamed up to give you a leg up, Thanksgiving style.  Read on as some of our contributors share their most favorite, traditional-with-a-twist, recipes for you to share with the ones who matter most.  Let’s give ’em something to talk about, yeah?  

Not Yo’ Mama’s Potatoes

Michelle Windsor has me salivating over these potatoes (side note…when I was pregnant with my first, I couldn’t get enough watermelon or potatoes. I’d take them any way you gave them to me. Anyone else?).

What you’ll need:

  • white potatoes, 1-2 packs onion soup mix, 1-2 sticks of butter or 1/4 cup water

How you’ll do it:

  • Mix melted butter or water with the soup mix and dump over potatoes. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour until potatoes are soft.

Sage Sweet Potatoes

Some of you may highly disagree but…

Sweet potatoes with marshmallows gross me out.  I won’t stand for it at our table.  It’s just not happening.  I will whip up some sage and Parmesan cheese sweet potatoes, though, and I will love every single bite.

What you’ll need:

  • 4lbs sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 10 tablespoons butter
  • 1cup fresh sage, chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 12cups, grated parmesan cheese grated

How you’ll do it:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter
  • Place potatoes in a dish and coat the potatoes with the butter
  • Bake potatoes until tender
  • In a heavy skillet, melt remaining butter and add sage
  • Pour butter mixture and 1 cup Parmesan cheese over potatoes and stir well or place in a food processor 
  • Add salt and pepper to taste
  • Cover dish with aluminum foil
  • Bake for another 20 minutes
  • Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan, and add sage leaves on top for presentation before serving

Old School Cranberry Sauce

Vivian Owen brings us back to the only cranberry sauce that matters.  (Fun fact!  I did not try, not even a taste, of cranberry sauce until I had my first child!)

What you’ll need:

  • 1 – 3oz Cherry Jello
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 medium size can crushed pineapple (do not drain)
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 lb fresh cranberries
  • 1 1/2 cup water

How you’ll do it:

  • Boil water, add jello, grind cranberries in mini chopper, add sugar.  Stir in chopped nuts, chopped celery and pineapple.  Mix with prepared Jello and chill in refrigerator over night.

Have you ever had a Caramel Apple Cheesecake? 

Alexia Eicher has this recipe and you need it in your life, as do I.  This will not be at the kids table.

What you’ll need:

For cheesecake:

  • Two 8oz packs of cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract


  • 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup of sugar


  • Premade graham cracker crust or you can make your own. 
  • 1 jar/bag of melted caramel.

How you’ll do it:

  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with 1/2 cup sugar in an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth. Then add eggs, 1 at a time, and vanilla. Stir to combine. Pour over crust.
  • In a small bowl, stir together apples, 1/4 cup of sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spoon evenly over cream cheese mixture.
  • Bake 30 minutes, or until filling is set. Drizzle caramel over the apples.

We can’t wait to hear about YOUR Thanksgiving meals!  If you tried one of our recipes, please tell us! Or send us your favorite recipe.  We want to hear from you!

With sage on my mind, 

Allie D.


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