It's Time for Family, Friends, Food, and Love! What's Your Tradition?

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As Thanksgiving approaches, it may seem weird to say it, but while the food is good and great (and I am plenty thankful for it), it's the time with friends and family that I am most thankful for. Another thing I love about this time of year is learning about and experiencing the great traditions that everyone has. 

Some traditions revolve around food of course: mashed potatoes, sweet potato pie, green bean casserole, stuffing... were always a few of my favorites. Growing up in a pretty normal suburban household... my families biggest traditions were eating twice and trying to make it to church on time.

As I've grown older and my circle of friends has grown, I've learned to throw caution in to the wind and try out as many traditions and experiences as I can each year. I also try to get out and visit as many friends as possible each thank day (the eating twice tradition has grown to 3 or 4 times now, lol). So, I'm curious to know, what are some of your Holiday traditions that are a little different, quirky, or crazy that you celebrate with each year? Post them below, I can't wait to try a few out! Also, here is a collection of just a few of our Thanksgiving Recipes we've put together for you, enjoy! - Craig


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Episode Guide

Real Food Real Kitchens
Southern Pulled Pork and BBQ

Bart and Marc became life long friends through their mutual love for BBQ. You never know what a rack of ribs will do for you.

Uniquely Delicious Family Holiday Traditions

In addition to their delicious holiday recipes, the Deffebach family’s final tradition might surprise you!

Traditional Indian Lamb Biryani and Baghare Baingan

The Imami Family share a plethora of traditional Indian recipes.

Kentucky Derby Pie With Bourbon Caramel Sauce

Kendle is straight Kentucky, complete with her rich Derby Pie and creamy bourbon caramel sauce.

Fried Apple Pie

Life is even better with a handful of Rose’s fried pies.

Home-Style Meatloaf

Crystal prepares a simple southern dinner of home-style meatloaf, mac n cheese, cornbread, and fried okra.

Southern Country Fried Steak Dinner

Caitlin and her family got this Southern Sunday Dinner covered… in delicious gravy!

Red Velvet Cake

Vonda’s secret family red velvet cake goes back over 25 years, we can taste why!

Triggerfish Chowder With Strawberry Shortcake

Jim and his Father ‘Captain Trigger’ take us on a seafood adventure with this traditional family chowder.

Roasted Chicken & Fried Green Tomatoes With Texas Sheet Cake

Simple and delicious comfort foods are Trish’s family’s favorites… no problem for this enthusiastic home chef.

Southern Shrimp N’ Grits

George has become famous for his outstanding Shrimp n Grits, a recipe his Father passed down to him.

Lebanese Stuffed Eggplant & Bread Pudding

Toni and her Mother Marlene show us how to make both traditional and new Lebanese recipes.

Hole in One Pimento Cheese Grilled Cheese With Candied Bacon

MacKenzie is a grilled cheese expert! Combine that with her families recipe for pimento cheese and you’ve got a gooey, creamy, melty mouthful of joy!

Apple-Cherry Pork Chops

Hannah’s sweet and tangy, apple cherry pork chops are a family favorite for both young and old.

English Chicken Divan Recipe

Grant fires up his kitchen with his English Mother cooking a chicken divan recipe she made for him when they used to live in Wimbledon. Grant then shows off his own culinary skills preparing a steak au poivre with scalloped potatoes.

Thai Fusion Recipe

Matt grew up in West Africa where seafood was abundant and then spent time in his college years traveling through Thailand. These two influences and his Chef-Step-Mother spawned this creation, lime chili calamari, amazing!

New England Comfort Food Recipe

Kevin and Mark brought in traditional recipes from each other and their families. Kevin’s stuffed pork chops were a staple comfort food in his home growing up and Mark’s cauliflower bites were his Mothers way of tricking him in to eating his vegetables.

Italian Beef Braciolo & Manicotti Recipe

Bill’s parents owned their own restaurant when he was growing up which sparked his interest in cooking. He hits the kitchen with his Mom to cook cheese filled crepe manicotti and beef braciole, two staple Italian dishes.