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Cook Time with Remmi – a Thanksgiving Feast!

By Remmi Smith, Cook Nook Editor

Hi Amazing Kids! We have a lot of interesting holidays in November; November 14th is “National Pickle Day”(I love pickles!), the 17th is “World Peace Day”, the 20th is “National Adoption Day”, and the 23rd is “Eat a Cranberry Day.” November is also “Good Nutrition Month” and national “Pomegranate Month.” Thanksgiving is probably the biggest holiday that is all about food. Did you know that on Thanksgiving day, 91% of Americans will feast on turkey and will consume 535 million pounds of the bird? And, did you know the celebration of the first harvest in 1621 by the Pilgrims is considered the first Thanksgiving celebration in America, but it was not declared a national holiday until 1863 by President Lincoln? Ok…more fun facts later…let’s get cooking! Everyone has their favorite dishes of their Thanksgiving feast…. and their leftovers! Here are a few of mine…

Remmi’s Thanksgiving Favorites:

  • Pomegranate Salad
  • Cornbread Dressing with Sausage and Cranberries
  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pine Nuts
  • Turkey Curry Soup


Pomegranate Salad


  • 2 C Romaine Lettuce (sliced)
  • 1 Bibb Lettuce (sliced)
  • 2 C Escarole (sliced)
  • ½ C Toasted Walnuts
  • ¼ C Green Onion (sliced)
  • ½ C Pomegranate Seeds (see note below)
  • Dressing:
  • ½ C Salad Oil
  • ¼ C Red Wine Vinegar
  • ½ t. Sugar
  • ½ t Dry Mustard
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


Prepare lettuces as directed and place on medium platter. Add the walnuts, onions and seeds. Mix dressing in jar and pour on salad when ready to serve.

Note: To remove the seeds, cut the pomegranate in half and soak in cold water. The seeds will be easy to remove.


Cranberry and Sausage Dressing


  • 4 C Cornbread (cut in cubes)
  • 1 Lb Sausage (cooked and drained)
  • 1 C Cranberries
  • ½ C Onion (small dice)
  • ½ C Celery (sliced)
  • 1 Apple (medium dice)
  • 2 t Thyme
  • 1 C Chicken broth
  • 2 T Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Slice cornbread into large croutons. Place on baking sheet and put in 350 degree oven for 15 minutes until crispy. In medium pan heat the olive oil and sauté onions and celery for 3 minutes. Add apples and cranberries to the pan and sauté for 3 more minutes. Add salt pepper, thyme, and chicken broth and simmer for 10 minutes. In a large mixing bowl, add croutons, cooked sausage, and sauté mixture and mix until moistened. Place dressing mixture in a large casserole dish, cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.


Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pine Nuts


  • 3 C Brussels Sprouts sliced in half
  • 2 T Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 T plus 1 t Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • ¼ C Pine Nuts


Prepare sprouts as directed and place in medium bowl. Toss the sprouts with vinegar, 2T olive oil and salt and pepper. Place on baking sheet and put in preheated 375 degree oven. After 10 minutes turn over the sprouts and bake the remaining minutes. In small pan toast the pine nuts. Sprinkle nuts on top of the sprouts and serve.


Turkey Curry Soup


  • ¼  Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion (medium, sliced)
  • 1 Celery (sliced)
  • ¼ C flour
  • 4 C Chicken Broth
  • 2 Carrots (sliced)
  • 2 C Turkey (diced)
  • 1 Can Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 t Curry Powder
  • 1 Apple (large, medium dice)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • ¼ C of Fresh Parsley
  • ½ C Plain Yogurt

Directions: Prepare vegetables as directed. In a large pan sauté onions and celery in the oil for 3 minutes. Add the flour and gradually add the chicken broth. Bring to a boil and then turn to simmer. Add carrots, turkey, tomatoes, curry powder, apple and salt and pepper. Simmer until the carrots are tender. Serve with parsley and yogurt as a garnish.


OK… now for some more fun food facts! Did you know…

  • of the 102 passengers that sailed to America on the Mayflower in 1620, only 53 survived the harsh first winter? 78% of women died, 50% men, 36% boys, and 18% of the girls.
  • pomegranates are rich in antioxidants? the first canned cranberry sauce was done by “Cape Cod Cranberry Company” in 1912?

Cranberry Sauce

  • brussels sprouts are very powerful in preventing cancer?
  • there are 8 US Presidents that are known descendants of Mayflower passengers?
  • in 1976, the governor of Massachusetts, Mike Dukakis, declared an “Adoption Week” in his state to place focus on children in foster care? That same year, President Ford made a proclamation for “National Adoption Week”.
  • pomegranates are one of the oldest fruits in existence and go back as far as 100 B.C?
  • it takes approximately 440 cranberries to make one pound, and it takes 4400 berries to make a gallon of juice?
  • 55% of turkeys served on Thanksgiving will be stuffed?
  • there are towns named “Pumpkintown”(5 of them), “Pumpkin” (2 of them), “Cranberry” (3 of them), “Turkey”(6 of them) and, “Pilgrim” (4 of them) named towns and cities in America? There is only 1 named “Thanksgiving” and that is in Maryland.

I hope you enjoy my recipes. Don’t forget to eat a pickle on the 14th! Hope you have a very happy holiday on Thanksgiving.

<3 Remmi (: