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It’s November!  I don’t know about you, but I just can’t believe that the holiday season is already upon us.  

Now personally, I know I mentioned this on a couple of blogs before, but as much as I love to cook, I make it as easy as I can for myself this time of the year.

This year is slightly different-it will be the very first time-EVER-that I haven’t been working a full time day job along with all the domestic goddess chores and my freelance writing.  However, I’m still working hard-whether it’s writing my cooking columns here, reviewing books for all of you or writing my feature articles for the newspaper, plus I’ve taken up cheerleading.  The cheerleading isn’t the kind that means pompoms and short skirts, but the kind that has me out there telling anyone who has something to do with the media to please, please pay me to write for you.

Obviously, I’ve digressed, so let’s get back to what’s cooking!

This year, since my son is newly engaged, we have even more family to include in the celebrations!  My sister offered her home (it’s the largest)for Thanksgiving.  If all the family comes-we‘re going to have a crowd as big as the first dinner the Pilgrims hosted.  Honestly.  I think we counted 35.

That’s a whole lot of mashed potatoes and biscotti for me to make.

These two dishes are always mine to make.  If I had known when I created them that I’d be expected to make it for such a crowd every year-I may have considered just how much I wanted my kids to eat more than Idahos for a vegetable and just how much I needed to use parts of the rosemary hedge in my backyard.

Both recipes are actually pretty easy, but time consuming and lots of hand labor for a person with arthritis.

Still it will be my pleasure to quadruple the ingredients and bring them along.

Now I would love your input!  I will promise to again, publish my famous mashed potatoes and biscotti-if all of you will share your dishes that have been your claim to fame.

As for Wednesday this week-I’m not going to give any recipes.  Instead I’m going to give some handy hints to make the 2008 holiday season easier and more meaningful!

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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Nov 2, 2008
    • I’m looking forward to your mashed potato recipe! I think I’m in charge of potatoes this year. My husband has all but confiscated Thanksgiving. Seems none of my family traditional dishes are prepared at all, only his. I’m going to try and sneak in some of mine this year.

      Hope all is well
      Cynthia



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      Yana Berlin wrote Nov 2, 2008
    • I just  made the best banana cake...not exactly on the Thanksgiving topic, but so good...I’ll post the recipe as soon as my picture is uploaded...got to wait for those kids...I have a very “special” relationship with the camera....I don’t know what end to plug it in...



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      Carine Nadel wrote Nov 3, 2008
    • I hear you Yana-I had to try and do anything on this computer.  And now, I just heard about Hulu, Ning and some other new stuff.
      I don’t get the old stuff yet



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