Question of the Week: Thanksgiving Week 2015


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As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving with our loved ones, I’m reminded how much Thanksgiving celebrations center on food–and nostalgia.

What’s the one dish that’s a must-have on your family’s Thanksgiving menu?

For me, it’s stuffing–using my grandmother’s recipe (heavy on the onions, pork sausages and Bell’s Poultry seasoning.) As a child, I used to help my grandmother prepare this dish, and the flavor always brings me back to those Thanksgiving dinners she hosted at her home.

Please share your answers and experiences in the comment box below.


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Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom, Secular Franciscan, managing editor for Today's Catholic Teacher magazine and editor at Her three children range in age from high school to young adult, and she enjoys writing, cooking, and reading. Barb is a music minister at her parish and an avid Notre Dame football and basketball fan. Find her blog at FranciscanMom and her family’s favorite recipes with nutrition information for diabetics at Cook and Count.


  1. Kraut and kielbasa. The first year I celebrated Thanksgiving with my husband’s side of the family, I was surprised to realize that not everyone had it for Thanksgiving. I went out the day after to buy some sauerkraut and hotdogs to eat with the left-overs. It just didn’t seem like a real Thanksgiving meal without it.

    • YUM! I love sauerkraut! I used to volunteer at Bingo at my kids’ former school in a Polish parish. We sold hot dogs and sauerkraut in the kitchen–and this was homemade sauerkraut. So good! One of the other volunteers taught me all about the deliciousness of sauerkraut sandwiches.

  2. It’s pretty basic; just typical stuffing (made with dried out seasoned bread or with the store-bought seasoned croutons) mixed with melted butter and diced apples. We used to cook it inside the bird, but my son has a dairy allergy, and see don’t want to contaminate the turkey with the butter. So we bake it in its own pan and then stir juices from the turkey into it (setting some of it aside for people who like it crispy). It works out well.

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