Thanksgiving Recipes and Traditions

Just in case you missed our last two blog posts. We at Century Corporation wanted to share some of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes and traditions with you. But first, a little Thanksgiving history lesson. How did Thanksgiving become a holiday? In Autumn 1621, the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag Indians shared a three-day  harvest feast, which was considered the first Thanksgiving. They feasted on deer, geese, oysters, corn, onions, pumpkins, squash, and dried fruits. This tradition continued every year, but was not an official ‘holiday’, simply a celebration and gathering. It wasn’t until 1863 that President Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November a national day of Thanksgiving. Then in 1939, President Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving up a week to create a longer Christmas shopping season hoping to spur retail sales during the Great Depression. There was such a public uproar about this decision that President Roosevelt had to move Thanksgiving back. In 1941, Congress sanctioned Thanksgiving a legal holiday on the fourth Thursday in November. For more on the history of Thanksgiving, please visit

Happy Thanksgiving!

Some favorite Thanksgiving recipes from the staff at Century Corporation are Cornbread Casserole, Sweet Sweet Potatoes, Meatballs with Sweet Sauce, Sweet Potato Casserole, Acorn Squash with Harvest Rice Stuffing, Baked Macaroni and Cheese, and Red Sangria.

Cornbread Casserole

1 Pkg Jiffy Corn Muffin mix
1 stick butter-melted
1 8oz can whole kernel corn, drained
1 8oz can cream style corn, undrained
1 cup sour cream
2 eggs

Preheat oven to 375, grease 1 ½ quart casserole dish

Pour butter and corn into prepared dish, blend in sour cream. In a separate bowl beat eggs and
stir into casserole along with muffin mix, blend thoroughly. Bake 35-40 minutes or until center is firm.

Sweet Sweet Potatoes

canned sweet potatoes
brown sugar

melt lots of butter in frying pan
cut sweet potatoes in fourths – or bite size pieces
place sweet potatoes into frying pan
add lots and lots of brown sugar
continually turn sweet potatoes over
keep adding butter and brown sugar as needed to make a crunchy coating
cook until sweet potatoes are dark brown

Meatballs with Sweet Sauce

4lbs of ground beef
2 large eggs

Eyeball the following:
Bread crumbs
Garlic powder
Fresh ground black pepper

Bake in 400 degree oven bout 55 – 60 mins

In crock pot put 3 10oz bottles of chili sauce and 1 2lb jar of grape jelly
Cook on med high till all blended and hot
Add cooked meatballs

Sweet Potato Casserole

2 Cans or 3 cups mashed sweet potatoes
(if cans, look for the lighter natural syrup, not the heavy syrup).
¼ stick butter melted
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup sugar
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon cinnamon

Beat together the sweet potatoes, butter, egg, milk, sugar, and spices.
Pour into greased casserole dish.
Sprinkle topping on top.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes (not covered).

Pecan Topping

1/3 cup flour 1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup light brown sugar 1/3 cup butter

Beat together the butter and sugar. Mix in the flour. Mix in the
Pecans. Sprinkle on top of the casserole and bake.

Baked Macaroni and Cheese:

-1 package macaroni
-4 tablespoons butter
-4 tablespoons flour
-1 cup milk
-1 cup cream
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-Pepper to taste
-2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
-1/2 cup breadcrumbs buttered

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cook macaroni, drain, then set aside. Melt butter in a large saucepan. Add flour, salt, & pepper, then whisk until blended well. Gradually add milk and cream while continuously stirring. Bring mixture to a boil; continue to boil for two minutes. Reduce heat, and cook for ten minutes while stirring. Add shredded cheese and simmer for 5 minutes, or until cheese melts. Remove from flame, and add macaroni to saucepan. Stir until the cheese coats the macaroni. Shift macaroni to a buttered baking dish, and layer the top of the macaroni with bread crumbs. Bake twenty minutes until golden brown.

Red Sangria

• 1 bottle of any red wine (shiraz, merlot, etc.)
• 3 oranges, two for slicing one for juicing
• 2 lemons, sliced
• 2 limes, sliced
• 1 apple, sliced
• 2 tbsp. sugar
• 1 cup club soda, gingerale or lemon-lime soda
• 4 ounces of brandy
• 2 ounces of triple sec

Combine the lemon, lime, orange, apple and sugar in a large pitcher. Pour in the wine and brandy and stir until well blended. Regrigerate for at least 4 hours or until thoroughly chilled.
Just before serving, add ice cubes and fill the pitcher with club soda. Stir briskly until it is very cold and serve it in chilled glasses.

Some favorite Thanksgiving traditions from the staff at Century Corporation are watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (which started in 1924), watching Miracle on 34th Street, eating a turkey sandwich for dessert at 9pm, celebrating with family, playing football games in the yard while the meal is being prepared, little kids eating at the card table while the adults eat at the big table, eating the neck as an appetizer after it’s cooked for the gravy, and donating food to families in need.

Thank you!

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!