Cooking it up for the Holidays

Jada Simmons

As the holidays are just around the corner, it’s time to start planning out those meals and desserts that are going to be the highlight of this Thanksgiving.  We have many kinds of food to celebrate this time of year, from turkey, mac and cheese, green beans, and many more wonderful things to enjoy. Families have passed down recipes through generations of lineage and cookbooks. These recipes are what make up the foundation for the heart of our families to come together to cherish this special time of the year.

People share meals with different families and friends to experience different taste and styles of food. Many students look forward to the big family feast. Kenwood student Taylor Seldon is one who definitely looks forward to the family tradition of Thanksgiving. “Every year for Thanksgiving my dad and I try to make something different for Thanksgiving and this year we’re thinking about doing homemade peach cobbler,’’ he shares.

Some people have a simple take on holiday meals while others go all out. When it comes down to what’s going to be on the menu there are many options to choose from. For instance, a favorite like mac and cheese can be either baked with a crunchy top layer or made smooth and creamy. According to Chunky Chef Amanda from The Chunky Chef,  “Baked mac and cheese is the best.  It’s nearly the universal comfort food, and there are so many variations!  In fact, I almost didn’t post this recipe, as there are so many mac and cheese recipes available, and most people already have their favorite way of making it.’’ If you’re looking for a new mac and cheese recipe check out Chunky Chef Amanda’s here.

Some people take the easy route with making the things the traditional way or from a can while others have their own variation on Thanksgiving favorites. It’s really your preference and what’s more suitable for you. Teacher Patrick Mcwhorter shares, ’’I make my famous  homemade stuffing with toasted raisins every year.’’ 

When it comes to famous, let’s break down some famous desserts for the holidays or really any time of year. According to Eat This, Not That , “Some of the most iconic desserts America has to offer are chocolate chip cookies, apple pie, cheesecake, pecan pie, and ice cream.’’ We all have our own taste in what we like and what we don’t like, or who makes a certain dish we look forward to every Thanksgiving.