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Smart Talk: Thanksgiving cooking with Chef Donna Desfor

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Nov 25, 2013 4:03 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk, Tuesday November 26, 2013:

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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 Smart Talk is our annual program with Chef Donna Desfor to exchange ideas, recipes, and other information for the holiday.  Chef Desfor, who host  witf Cooks TV shows 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?

Chef Donna Desfor talks holiday recipes on Smart Talk

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  • Elizabeth S. Trach-Gnazzo img 2013-11-26 08:34

    My family has three must-have items at Thanksgiving. The first is oyster stuffing with our meal~& it needs to be made w/smoked oysters, as that is so much more flavorful than plain oysters!
    I also found a fabulous recipe for brussels sprouts where they're sliced in half and roasted using balsamic vinegar then finished/broiled on top with freshly grated parmesan cheese, the only way I can eat those vegetables.
    The last must-have item is cranberry relish, freshly made.
    We usually eat in the late afternoon or early evening, after watching the Macy's parade and dog show, and calling family members all over the country we cannot get together with to catch up and hear about their meals.
    Have fun on the show today!

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-11-26 09:37

    Brenda from Chambersburg emails:

    Tip for getting those mashed potatoes ready early...

    Cook them early, mash with your preference of ingredients, then put in the crock pot to keep them hot. Works great!

  • Stephen Hamm img 2013-11-26 09:45

    We always have lettuce with hot bacon dressing. Yum!!!