Your Soul Food Lovers' Holiday Newsletter

Hey Soul Food Lovers! Welcome to the first edition of our special Holiday Newsletter. Every week leading up to the holidays, I will be sending you this newsletter to help you prepare for the holidays.

These newsletters will offer a variety of cooking and baking tips, fabulous holiday recipes, popular soul food holiday menus, delicious gift giving ideas, great party ideas, and much more--all designed to help you have an enjoyable and stress-free holiday. So sit back and enjoy!

Improve Your Turkey Day!

I know many of you are thinking about your Thanksgiving dinner this year. Whether you plan to have everyone over or will be visiting family and friends, I have a few ideas that have worked for me in the past to help improve my thanksgiving meal.

Often times a Thanksgiving meal is eaten several days after the holiday, so bringing a non-traditional dish is often welcomed. Whether you’re making dinner yourself or bringing a covered dish to family or friends, deciding on what to bring can sometimes be challenging.

Normally, the cook serve a traditional menu for this special holiday that has been served for many years--a menu that is usually set in stone and not easily altered.

However, I like to include a familiar dish that people don’t expect to see at Thanksgiving and at the same time a dish that will compliment the other menu selections.

I have a few suggestions to help you decide on a dish that will improve your meal and offer something that everyone will enjoy.

1. Add a Okra and Corn Skillet with dinner. It’s a good choice especially if vegetarians will be served. A great fried corn recipe is also a good selection.

2. Add Barbecue Chicken to the menu. This can be prepared in the oven, nothing fancy. I’m sure most of your guests probably haven’t enjoyed it since summer and would welcome the familiar change.

3. Add a Southern Potato Salad or Mixed Vegetable Salad to the table. It’s a pleasant change and will compliment your meal.

4. Add Pork Chop Casserole to the menu. It’s unexpected and will add to the turkey and sage dressing.

5. Add a Apple Pear Salad with the dessert bar. Include whipped topping for extra value. Or, if children will be attending, add Chocolate Bars or assorted cookies. Children usually feel left out at holiday gatherings.

6. Add some type of hot cheese dish or a casserole. These are also good choices to add to your meal. Make sure the dish is not served for the Thanksgiving meal.

For your special dish, I would plan for about 10 to 12 servings for larger groups and 6 to 8 servings for smaller groups. Just make sure you have enough food on hand.

This Thanksgiving, excite and enlighten everyone around you. Add an unexpected twist to old favorites. No matter what recipe you decide to serve, it won’t change the true meaning of Thanksgiving. Enjoy the day!

Recipes to Add to Your Thanksgiving Meal

Oven Barbecue Chicken
Southern Potato Salad
Mixed Vegetable Salad
Pork Chop Casserole
Apple Pear Salad

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Until next week!

Cassandra Harrell is the editor of Soul Food Lovers’ Newsletter, author of the new Soul Food Lovers’ Cookbook, and this Special Holiday Edition, 2008.

Cassandra Harrell
Editor & Soul Food Advisor
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