Thanksgiving Traditions: Old And New

Thanksgiving is STEEPED in tradition. Every year, we tend to celebrate the holiday the same way we did the year before. It’s nice knowing what to expect, but sameness can also be MUNDANE.

Photo of Charis Freiman-Mendel, the S.A.T.gourmet and author of "Cook Your Way Through The S.A.T." serving her ninety eight year old great aunt dinner at Thanksgiving for post on Tranksgiving traditions New and Old

My 98 year old great aunt Cesia has seen many traditions change

This year, my Mom and I decided to be ICONOCLASTs and break away from our traditional New England menu. We borrowed a recipe for cornbread from Sherian Davis Weiss, which she began enjoying as a little girl at her Grandma’s Thanksgiving feast in Texas.

Recipe for cornbread by Sherian Davis Weiss's grandmother for blog post by Charis Freiman-Mendel, the S.A.T. gourmet and author of "Cook Your Way Through The S.A.T.", on Thanksgiving traditions old and new

I love how Sherian describes how her Grandma cooked

I decided to MODIFY the recipe as follows:

  • I minced 8 jarred jalapeno slices and stirred them into the batter before baking (everyone at our dinner likes spicy food)
  • Instead of making one loaf of cornbread, I divided the batter evenly into a 12 cup muffin tin and made individual cornbread cakes  (to make serving easier)
Photo of jalapeno corn bread muffins by Charis Freiman-Mendel, the S.A.T. gourmet and author of "Cook Your Way Through The S.A.T." for her post on Thanksgiving traditions old and new

Jalapeno cornbread cakes are ready when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry (about 15 minutes). Serve with warm, softened butter.

The jalapeno cornbread cakes are delicious and were a huge hit. They will be part of our ever changing Thanksgiving tradition.

Thanks, Sherian!

Charis

  • STEEPED: infused
  • MUNDANE: ordinary, routine
  • ICONOCLAST: one who destroys traditional or popular ideas
  • MODIFY: change

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