A&E Editor’s grandma shares Thanksgiving secrets

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Mary Knott, my 89-year old grandma, at bingo on Tuesday night.
Photo by Kayla Drake

KAYLA DRAKE | A&E Editor

My grandma raised 11 children, which is rare for American families today, and has cooked for more than 40 Thanksgivings. It is safe to say she is very qualified to dish out Thanksgiving advice and share a couple funny stories along the way, if you’re lucky.

To prepare you for Thanksgiving tomorrow here is 89 years worth of advice from Mary Knott.

1.Grandma shares her essential items for a Thanksgiving meal: 

 

2. What makes a Thanksgiving successful is having family all together…

 

3. Grandma Knott claims cranberries go best with turkey. Try this cranberry sauce recipe…

 

4. One thanksgiving morning Grandma walked out to find her daughter Mary’s cat ate a breast off the turkey…

 

5. From growing up on a Midwest farm in the 1940’s, Grandma advocates that a homemade Thanksgiving dinner is still the best way to go… 

 

6. Mincemeat pie used to be very popular, but fruit, pumpkin and more sugary pies have overshadowed mincemeat in the past decades. Grandma shares a little bit of history on why mincemeat pie used to be popular…

 

7. Turkey and pie go hand in hand, but traditional eggnog is a must. Here’s Grandma’s recipe:

 

8. Several techniques exist for cooking and seasoning a turkey, some people prefer to baste their turkey in whiskey or coke. My grandma’s sister gave her son the advice to baste his turkey with whiskey and he almost blew up the house…

 

I hope almost a century of advice helps you determine what to do on turkey day. Also please remember not to baste your turkey with a bottle of whiskey.

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!

Love,

Your A&E Editor and Grandma Knott