A GRIT-ty Thanksgiving Feast

This year, prepare a Thanksgiving feast worthy of the GRIT-tiest folks in your life.

Wild Turkey Toms Displaying

Although wild turkeys may not have been a part of the first Thanksgiving feast, we sure can't imagine the holiday without these beauties today.

courtesy Maslowski/National Wild Turkey Federation

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Thanksgiving is one of those holidays where tradition is everything. We long all year for Aunt Erma’s mashed potatoes or Grandma’s classic pumpkin pie. But who says we can’t jazz it up and make some new traditions for years to come? If you’re tired of the same old, same old, why not try these refreshingly different recipes on for size? Swap out that boring canned cranberry sauce for a fun and spicy cranberry chutney, or make your dinner rolls with fresh pumpkin purée from the garden. A triple-layer pumpkin pie? Sure, why not! Anything goes this holiday season. We’ve even got some ideas for you die-hard traditionalists out there: Why not take a step back in time and try  roasting a locally raised heritage turkey in an 1860s-style reflector oven in front of the fire? Just because it’s old doesn’t mean it can’t be new to you. Happy Turkey Day!

An Historical Feast
Know Your Turkey Facts and History
Heritage Turkey Breeds
Locating Heritage Turkey Breeders
Roasting a Turkey 1860-Style

Thanksgiving ... On the Side
Cranberry Chutney
Decadent Creamed Onions
Fancy Mashed Potatoes
Apple-Sausage Stuffing
Pumpkin Cozy Rolls

The Sweet Stuff
Three-Layer Pumpkin Pie
Caramel Pie With Meringue
Pumpkin-Spice Buttermilk Cake