Giving Thanks for All Our Blessings…And All That Good Meals…

Giving Thanks for All Our Blessings…And All That Good Meals…

By Greg Ritchie

Messenger Reporter

HOUSTON COUNTY – As many companies and authorities workplaces started to decelerate earlier than the Thanksgiving vacation, many locals started the yearly rush – cleansing that home earlier than the mother-in-law arrives, combating crowds on the retailer to attempt to not overlook something on the procuring checklist or planning to journey to see family members in different components of the nation.

There are 1,000,000 causes to be grateful this 12 months – and yearly. Even with its many points, we’re grateful for the nation we reside in, the place not less than we will nonetheless gripe about these points. Grateful for household and pals, grateful for what we’ve and the great place we reside.

Then there may be the meals. One of many few occasions when you’ll offend folks if you happen to don’t ask for seconds. Some gobble up the turkey, others benefit from the aspect dishes extra – and let’s not get began on all these tasty desserts.

The Messenger thought it may be fascinating to ask round Houston County and see not solely what folks like to eat probably the most, however who within the household cooks it the very best. It all the time makes the center heat and the stomach growl, fascinated by the nice dishes to be cooked this week, and people cooked by these now not with us.

Mitchell Woody, Grapeland Mayor

“I must say a heaping pile of turkey cooked by my spouse Bobbie Jo.  She all the time makes the turkey completely. Then it’s nap time!”

Dr. Ianthia Fisher, Crockett Mayor

“Hen dressing. I like to combine the hen within the dressing with seasoned cornbread and a few Mexican cornbread. I prepare dinner it yearly and have cooked it for a few years.”

Clayton Smith, Crockett Police Chief

“Earlier than my mother’s passing, she would make Hen-n-Dressing and banana pudding. For years, that’s all I’d eat on Thanksgiving day as a result of it was my favourite.

Since her passing I’ve come to search out that my aunt (mother’s sister) makes her Hen-n-Dressing nearly precisely the identical. I’ve but to search out anybody that may match her banana pudding however have discovered an in depth second with a former Houston County Dispatcher.”

Jim Lovell, Houston County Choose

“My favourite dish is oyster dressing. My spouse Marleen all the time knocks it out of the park!”

Coach Jody Jordan, Crockett ISD

“Since I can keep in mind, we’ve all the time had huge household gatherings in Rusk or Reklaw, Texas. We’ve got a lot nice meals, plus the standard thanksgiving meal of turkey, dressing and cranberry sauce. Relations deliver a dish – which I all the time love, comparable to black-eyed peas, collard greens, corn dish, and many others. It’s all the time a good time to go to with household. Oh, and I can’t overlook the sweets. Coconut pie and chocolate pies, which began with my grandmother and now my aunts, cousins and siblings realized to duplicate after she handed.”

Mike McCreight, magistrate

“I’m going to go together with my mother’s dressing and my mother-in-law’s potatoes!”

Donna Gordon Kaspar, Houston County District Legal professional

“My favourite factor is candied candy potatoes – I all the time make them. My second favourite dish is the dressing and my mom makes it finest however I’m getting higher at it.”

Coach TaNesiah “Cookie” Johnson, Kennard ISD

“I must say pecan pie brownies – they’re so scrumptious, particularly when heat! And naturally myself, Cookie, bake brownies additionally. However if you need a dish, I’d say tacky baked macaroni and my aunt Lola cooks them finest!”

Coach Greg Horn, Latexo ISD

“My mother-in-law’s bread stuffing. She makes it with dried French bread, floor pork, chunks of potatoes, and all the proper spices. Very moist and tremendous scrumptious.”

Hilliard McKnight, Grand Marshall Christmas Parade

“My favourite dish is hen and dressing, my spouse Ruth McKnight cooks it.”

Dr. David Maas, Grapeland ISD Superintendent

“Inexperienced bean casserole with a number of the crunchy onions on prime.  My mother makes it the very best, however I’m an in depth second.”

Jason Frizzell, Crockett Fireplace Chief

“My favourite dish is dressing. My granny made the very best however she is now not right here. So now, my spouse’s dressing is the very best.”

Liza Clark, Govt Director Crockett Space Chamber of Commerce

“It must be broccoli rice casserole and nobody makes it like my mother did. I miss her most in the course of the holidays. It was her favourite time of 12 months.”

Kelly Nicol, Writer, The Messenger

“Macaroni and cheese – indulgent, comforting and downright scrumptious!”

Cheril Vernon, Editor, The Messenger

“My mother’s magic cookie bars are household favorites in the course of the holidays. Normally, she offers me and my brother our personal cookie tin stuffed with them at Christmas, however we’re spoiled and all the time request them at Thanksgiving, as properly.”

Lesia Beard, The Messenger

“Hen and dressing… since I’m the one one who is aware of the right way to prepare dinner it, I suppose I prepare dinner it the very best!”

Ansel Bradshaw, Gross sales Supervisor, The Messenger

“Banana pudding, made by my spouse Brenda.”

Greg Ritchie may be reached at (e-mail protected)

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