Thanksgiving 2022

Laura Frantz My Kentucky Kitchen, Recipes, Thanksgiving, Uncategorized

It’s hard to believe 2022 is drawing to a close. The year has brought many ups & downs but despite the challenges, there are so many reasons to be thankful. And so many Thanksgivings to look back on! My best Thanksgiving memories are of my granny’s house in Berea, Kentucky. Ever since I was born, we celebrated holidays there until her homegoing at nearly 100 in 2007. She was a wonderful southern cook, having been taught by a black woman in the kitchen of the mayor’s house where she worked as a young child in Virginia. She’d survived the Spanish flu epidemic which took the life of her teen brother & sisters in a poor family of 10. The mayor she worked for eventually sent her to Kentucky where she attended Berea College, worked as a weaver, married into a Kentucky family & settled down.

Granny cooked for days ahead of the holidays. Thanksgiving was both feast & feat! She lived in a Craftsman on a country road that had a back closet where she would soak her turkeys & store her hams in big crocks on the floor. On the back closet’s shelves were all the pies & cakes she would make for celebrations. Coconut Cake for my mom & aunt, German Chocolate Cake for me & my cousins, & fruit pies or cream pies with meringue for everyone, including brownies & fudge & sugar cookies. The back closet was always colder than the rest of the house, a foodie paradise. I’d give anything to go back to those Thanksgivings that never seemed like they’d come to an end. We even ate pie & cake for breakfast:) Granny never owned a dishwasher so I well remember all the dishes we washed by hand after those family gatherings.

I always make Granny’s cornbread dressing, her deviled eggs, & other dishes. I even wear aprons like she did. I still miss her buttery, yeast rolls and find it hard to recreate them. Thankfully, her warm, faithful, hospitable spirit lives on & I’m so thankful.

This year there will just be 2 at our Thanksgiving table, my husband & myself. A far cry from the family feasts of my childhood! But seasons change along with traditions & sometimes a quiet holiday is what’s called for. From our family to yours, in whatever season or stage you’re in, I hope your Thanksgiving overflows with goodness!