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Author Spotlight: Thanksgiving Recipe from Lisa Van Allen, author of THE WISHING THREAD

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Allen_The Wishing Thread In a pinch for a savory side dish? Never fear! Lisa Van Allen, author of The Wishing Thread, shares her grandmother’s no-nonsense and humble turnip recipe. Enjoy!

I have to admit that turnips aren’t exactly a “sexy” food. I had a high school teacher who occasionally used the phrase “as dumb as a turnip.” And although I love the word “napiform,” I’ve never really been able to get away with using it in anything I’ve written because there aren’t too many opportunities to say “shaped like a turnip.”

But my grandmother’s favorite thing about Thanksgiving was turnips. And so they will always have a special place in my heart.

My grandmother was a no-nonsense kind of woman — she appreciated simple pleasures. So it will come as no surprise that the food that she loved most on Thanksgiving was simple and unembellished.

Here’s her recipe for turnips: She simply peeled, boiled, and then mashed together equal parts turnips and potatoes. That’s it! Humble and warm, just like my gram. Lisa-Van-Allen-this-one

Do you have a Thanksgiving recipe- sweet or savory- to share with us? Let us know on our Facebook page! We have one final recipe to share with you. Tune in tomorrow for a homemade Thanksgiving staple you won’t want to miss from Nancy Thayer!

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