Thanksgiving Recipes and Traditions – part 1

Thanksgiving is all about family, friends, food and football. What could be better than that? For the next two blog posts, we at Century Corporation are going 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, and Meatballs with Sweet Sauce.

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

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, and donating food to families in need. Please have your Thanksgiving food donations in front of your door today Nov 8 for pick up, or take them to the leasing office.

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Please come back next week for part two of Century Corporation’s favorite Thanksgiving recipes and traditions.