Thanksgiving Favorites

Wishing you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving. I hope your hearts feel full this season.

Corn Casserole

· 1 (15 1/4-ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained

· 1 (14 3/4-ounce) can cream-style corn

· 1 (8-ounce) package Jiffy mix

· 1 cup sour cream

· 1/2 cup butter, melted


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, stir together the 2 cans of corn, corn muffin mix, sour cream, and melted butter. Pour into a greased 9 by 13-inch casserole dish. Bake for 45 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and top with Cheddar.

Return to oven for 5 to 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Let stand for at least 5 minutes and then serve warm.

Wild Rice Stuffing


1 box original Uncle Bens Wild Rice (cooked as directed).

¾ cup celery

¾ cup onion

1 lb. sausage

Brown sausage, celery and onion.

Add water if necessary. (1-2 tbs), followed by:

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 can celery soup

3 c. bread cubes

Mix together and bake in a greased cake pan at 375° for 45 min.

Chocolate Pecan Pie

Chocolate, bourbon and pecans. How can you go wrong? This is delicious all year long, but one we celebrate for the holidays. It was also one of three pies we offered at our harvest themed wedding. Guests still talk about this pie. It is a treat.

2 cups pecan halves

3 eggs, beaten

2/3 cup dark corn syrup

3 tablespoon quality bourbon

½ teaspoon salt

¾ cup brown sugar

3 tablespoon butter, melted

¾ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 9-inch unbaked pie shell

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cover bottom of pie shell with pecans. In a medium bowl, mix butter and eggs. Add syrup, sugar, bourbon and chocolate. Spoon on top of pecans. Bake for ten minutes, lower to 350 degrees and continue to bake for 20-25 minutes or until pie is set. Allow to cool on wire rack. Optional: Serve with whipped topping.

Table talk:

There are over 1,000 varieties of pecans. Many are named for Native American Indian tribes, including Cheyenne, Mohawk, Sioux, Choctaw and Shawnee.*

Albany, Georgia, which boasts more than 600,000 pecan trees, is the pecan capital of the U.S. Albany hosts the annual National Pecan Festival, which includes a race, parade, pecan-cooking contest, the crowning of the National Pecan Queen and many other activities. *source National Pecan Shellers Association

To learn more about pecans and pecan production, visit

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