Thanksgiving Traditions

Today on Kelly's Korner it's Show Us Your Life: Thanksgiving Traditions and Recipes.

This is my first time participating. And as I am getting ready to host my first Thanksgiving, I thought it would be fun to share our traditions and what we are planning to incorporate in the future.

My family has always had a very traditional Thanksgiving served on the fine china with Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Cornbread Dressing, Green Bean Casserole, and the list goes on.

The list goes on to include Tomato Aspic, two kinds actually. Being the southern family that we are, we have both a Murphey Family Aspic and a Morgan Family Aspic. They both make a biannual appearance at Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinners. In fact, it wouldn't be Thanksgiving or Christmas with out them.

This year, I will be making the Morgan Family Recipe, and even though we will be hosting a group of 12, I will probably be the only one who eats it. I mean Tomato flavored Jello is an aqquired taste.

Grandmother Morgan's Tomato Aspic

1 Package Lemon Jell
3/4 Cup Cold Tomato Juice
1 Cup Heated Tomato Juice
1/4 Cup Chopped Celery
1 Tablespoon Chopped Onion
1/4 Cup Green Olives

Add lemon jello to the cold tomoato juice, stir until jello is dissolved. Add the heated tomato juice, Celery, Onion and Green Olives. Pour in dish and refrigerate until solid. Serve on a bed of lettuce with a dollop of real mayo on top.

Now, everyone who was planning to come to our house for Thankgiving will probably read this post and change their mind about coming! Don't worry there will be PLENTY of wonderful food. We are finalizing the menu this weekend, and I just found out that I have the Wednesday before Thanksgiving off, so I will be baking all sorts of goodies then!

The Thompsons have hosted my family the past two years in Tampa, and I am excited to have them come to DC this year. One of their traditions that we will continue is to watch National Lampoons Christmas Vacation after dinner is over.


Carrie said...

Hi Sarah Beth, I wandered over from Kelly's blog...what can I say, the word "Aspic" caught my eye. It must be a Florida thing because my grandmother always made it for the holidays as well.

Go Gators!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh now darlin' -- I would come -- I love tomato aspic. my husband however..... haven't had any for years!

Mama Bird said...

I too found you from Kelly'S Corner and I must say girlie the aspic made me chuckle! I think I am going to give this a whirl!! Thanks!

Her Preppiness said...

The tomato aspic sounds yummy

Mama SeWELL said...

Stopping by from Kellys, Im also a (near) Tampa, FL girl!
National Lampoons Christmas is a must for me EVERY holiday season. I usually watch it, as well as alot of other Christmas classics while I do my present wrapping.
Cant wait!
Good Luck with your Thanksgiving dinner!

Anonymous said...

I spotted the word "Aspic" on Kelly's Korner and had to pop over. My mom is actually from from New York State and LOVES this stuff! It is an acquired taste...she's the only one in our family who eats it!!