It’s Thanksgiving Day here in Canada! Having grown up in the States, this seems unusually early to me to be celebrating Thanksgiving. It’s supposed to be just a month until Christmas and the big Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade is supposed to be on TV and it’s supposed to be the start of all the old classic holiday movies.
Thanksgiving was always my favorite holiday of the year. Even as a child it was more fun than Christmas for me! Family from out of town traveled to our house or we traveled to theirs for the long weekend. I saw all my cousins, and having all the relatives congregated around the dinner table was just amazing and so much fun! My mother, grandmother and aunts were always up early on Thanksgiving Day to start the cooking festivities! The house was a mecca of delicious aromas. Turkey in the oven, pies cooling on the counter, all kinds of food! There were candy dishes in every room always full of sweets – a true holiday treat for kids! My cousins and I would always find ways to fill the day playing games and weather permitting, playing outside. It was a true Norman Rockwell holiday!
As the years have passed and we are all grown up, siblings and cousins are scattered across the globe, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles are no longer with us and our children it seems are always busy. Don’t get me wrong, I love the holiday and still try to provide some of the tradition for me and my husband. But it’s just not the huge festive occasion it always seemed to be when I was a child. I miss those times but reflecting on them each year makes me smile. And being in Canada now allows me to celebrate Thanksgiving twice each year! Somehow that seems appropriate. I still love this time of year the best and even more now that I can remember my childhood Thanksgivings twice a year!
This year we are just the two of us for the Canadian holiday. Not traveling. No family joining us. And having just had some minor hand surgery, I am not quite able to jump in and create a Thanksgiving feast so instead we have a store bought pumpkin pie which we’ve already dug into and here it is Thanksgiving Day and there is just one piece of pie left! This is not our tradition! But pumpkin pie in the house just doesn’t last very long!
If I’m able to and with the help of my wonderful husband I will make my all time favorite side dish that I make every year – my famous Corn Souffle! It may not be a meal but at least I’m incorporating some sort of tradition. It will go well with hamburgers tonight!
Anyway, my Corn Souffle has always been a hit whether we’re at home or I take it with us to someone else’s house. See the recipe below…it is super simple and you will hear praises if you make this dish!
1/2 cup melted butter
2 eggs, beaten
1 package Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
1 cup sour cream
1 7-oz can of white cream-style corn
1 7-oz can regular yellow corn
1 1/2 cups grated Swiss Cheese
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Mix all ingredients together in a round casserole dish.
Bake 50 minutes (or until a knife comes out clean when inserted).
I’d love to hear about your Thanksgiving traditions and please share any recipe favorites too! I’m always on the hunt for new recipes!
Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!