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Give Thanks!

It's that time of year when family and friends gather around a table brimming with dishes passed down for generations. In this issue of Family Cents, we share some easy and exciting variations on your favorite tastes of the season. Enjoy spending the extra time with your loved ones, and give thanks!


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Recipe photo Wild Rice-Turkey Pot Pie
Take a new look at Thanksgiving leftovers with this savory one-dish meal!

Recipe photo Easy Vegetable Stuffing
Bread stuffing is tasty, but try this veggie-stuffed variation for an extra punch of color and flavor.

Recipe photo Easy Mashed Potato Casserole
You can make this cheesy, colorful potato dish a day ahead to streamline your meal prep for holiday meals.

Recipe photo Broccoli Three-Cheese Bake
Whip up an impressive side dish using this time-saving recipe and only five ingredients.

Great Tips from You!


Which holiday foods and meals have been passed down from generation to generation in your family?


Tip #1 from Barbara in Phoenix

For four generations now our family has had Thanksgiving breakfast together so everyone can spend time with the "in-laws" for dinner. Our menu - Pumpkin Pie and Apple Pie. Homemade of course. Our theory - we eat our pie in the morning so we're not too full later in the day for the all-American favorite.

Tip #2 from Julie in Minneapolis

My mom is originally from New England, and she grew up with fresh seafood served almost daily. On special occasions including New Year's Eve, her mom would serve homemade clam chowder. Now I love to re-create her recipe when we ring in each New Year.

Tip #3 from Jennifer R. in Lansing, MI

Honestly the only food I look forward to around the holidays is the stuffing made with my great grandma's recipe. It is unlike any other and the only time we get it is at the holidays. I look forward to handing the recipe down to my children.

Tip #4 from Jocelyn Dorsey in Chicago, IL

My family always makes a large pot of shrimp creole for New Year's day. We each contribute a pound or two of shrimp for the pot and some crab legs. We sit around and enjoy the spicy dish and talk about how it gets better every year.

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Snacking Sensation

Set out a batch of this zingy snack when company arrives. You may want to make some extra to package up for guests to take home.

Featured recipe


arrow Roasted Almond-Cranberry-Pear Crisp  You'll love the secret crunchy topping on this fruity dessert.  
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arrow Pumpkin Streusel Cheesecake Bars  Delight your family with this prize-winning flavor combo!  
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arrow Spiced Pumpkin Cupcakes  Crown these dreamy, creamy cupcakes with toasted and sugared nuts.  
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arrow Easy Turkey Pot Pie  Use up leftover turkey with this delicious pot pie that's ready for the oven in just minutes.  
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