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Radio Smart Talk: Thanksgiving dinner

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Nov 20, 2012 8:52 AM

Radio Smart Talk for Tuesday, November 20:

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It's two days before Thanksgiving and most dinner plans have already been made.  Does your family follow tradition and have basically the same meal every year or are you open to suggestions and willing to try new dishes or desserts?

Tuesday's Radio Smart Talk is our annual program with Chef Donna Marie Desfor to exchange ideas, recipes, and other information for the holiday.  Chef Desfor, who writes the Food Wednesday column on and owns a business, There's a Chef in My Kitchen, always has some great suggestions for making your Thanksgiving feast more enjoyable.

We also would like to hear your stories and ideas as well.  You can call the program at 1-800-729-7532 to answer one or all of the questions below:

  • What's your favorite part of Thanksgiving?
  • Other than turkey, what food or dish has to be part of your Thanksgiving meal?
  • What time of the day do you eat your Thanksgiving dinner and why?
  • Do you have a favorite recipe for Thanksgiving and what is it?

Listen to the program:


Chef Donna Marie Desfor shares her favorite recipes for Thanksgiving dinner.

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  • Melanie G. Snyder img 2012-11-19 17:47

    Some years ago, when my daughter was young, she and I made a roasted sweet potato, banana and pecan casserole together for Thanksgiving. It has become a family favorite and now that she's in college, I savor the chance to make it with her again each year (though we missed doing it last year as she was in Ghana!)

  • Robert Heim img 2012-11-20 09:00

    Each year everyone in the family bring something. Everyone has their own dish and almost always provides the same item. One new item this year I might attempt is a Chocolate Pecan Pie for my nephew. Regardless of all other items, I need my cranberry relish!

  • Dawn L. King img 2012-11-20 09:09

    Usually, I make homemade cranberry sauce and choose the wine pairing. My usual go-to Thanksgiving wine is Pinot Evil Pinot Noir, because it's cheap and it pairs well with the entire meal. This year, I'm considering looking at a local wine.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-11-20 09:19

    E-mail from Sarah:

    "Tofurkey!!!! I am a vegetarian and tofurkey is a part of my holiday tradition. It helps me feel like I'm part of the bonding that happens around food."

  • Dawn L. King img 2012-11-20 09:29

    I usually spend no more than $10 for a bottle of wine. Pinot Evil Pinot Noir is about $7.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-11-20 09:37

    E-mail from T.:

    "Thanksgiving is not complete without the orange-cranberry relish and scalloped corn (baked corn) recipes from my grandmother's Mennonite cookbook. This has been the tradition with my Lancaster County family from my first memories of Thanksgiving and it is now also the tradition of my husband's Honduran immigrant family- they like to throw in some rice and beans too!"

  • Laura Gifford img 2012-11-20 09:44

    For several years we tried many variations on our menu & recpies and discovered that as much as we enjoyed the original meal, we were disappointed in our holiday because the leftovers were not appropriate for the dishes we love to eat for the next week.

  • Dawn L. King img 2012-11-20 09:50

    Pumpkin pie is not the choice in my family, but sweet potato pie is. I like to make mine with a graham cracker crust.

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