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THANKSGIVING – A TIME WHEN FAMILIES GATHER TOGETHER TO GIVE THANKS FOR ALL THE BLESSINGS THEY’VE RECEIVED.  SHARING A MEAL SYMBOLIC OF THE MEAL THE PILGRIMS – OUR FOREFATHERS – SHARED WITH THEIR NEW NEIGHBORS – THE NATIVE AMERICAN INDIANS – SO MANY THANKSGIVINGS AGO.  WITH YOUR GRANDMOTHER’S 20 POUND TURKEY PRESENTED IN THE MIDDLE OF A DECORATED TABLE FULL OF DELECTABLE DELIGHTS, YOUR FAMILY CRAMS THEMSELVES INTO A TINY DINING ROOM AND STARTS TO DIG IN!  WE’VE SEARCHED THE ELVIS VAULTS FOR SOME EDIBLE TUNES TO SHARE AND WE’VE COME UP WITH A SMORGASBORD OF ELVIS GOODIES TO GIVE THANKS FOR!  IT’S NOT A TRADITIONAL THANKSGIVING FEAST, BUT IT WILL FILL YOU UP, JUST THE SAME.  THE APPETIZER, TOSSED UP 1ST BY TONY JOE WHITE – “POLK SALAD ANNIE”.

*****POLK SALAD ANNIE*****

 

 


 

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NOW, EVERYONE’S FAMILY IS DIFFERENT.  BUT EVERYONE’S FAMILY HAS 1 GUY THAT ALWAYS EATS TOO MUCH!  BUT REALLY, WHO CAN BLAME HIM?  TAKE UNCLE BOB, FOR INSTANCE.  WITH AUNT SALLY’S CANDIED YAMS AND THE SECRET RECIPE YOUR SISTER-IN-LAW’S MOTHER’S COUSIN FROM BOSTON ALWAYS USES FOR A VERY TASTY STUFFING, NO DOUBT HE OVER DOES IT EVERY TIME!  AND JUST WHEN UNCLE BOB STARTS COMPLAINING THAT HE ATE TOO MUCH, YOU SEE HIM SNEAK BACK INTO THE KITCHEN FOR HIS 4TH HELPING OF DUMPLINGS AND A HEFTY SLICE OF HOMEMADE PECAN PIE WITH ICE CREAM ON TOP!  AT THE LUAU IN THE ELVIS MOVIE “BLUE HAWAII”, IT WAS ITO (PRONOUNCED E-TOE) WHO WAS DOING ALL OF THE EATING!  LISTEN!

*****ITO EATS*****

 


 

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FOR THE MAIN COURSE IN OUR “ELVIS EDIBLE THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION”, WE TRAVELED ALL THE WAY TO THE BAYOU DOWN IN NEW ORLEANS FOR A SPICY CAJUN DISH THAT WOULD MAKE ANY TONGUE SWEAT!  IT’S A RECIPE OF HOT DIXIELAND FLAVORS MIXED IN WITH PURE RHYTHM N BLUES BY KITTY WHITE, ELVIS COOKED UP A BATCH OF “CRAWFISH” IN THE 1958 MOVIE, “KING CREOLE”.

*****CRAWFISH*****

 


 

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AND WHAT’S THANKSGIVING DINNER WITHOUT ALL OF THE FABULOUS DESSERTS?  PUMPKIN PIE, SWEET POTATO PIE, SPICE CAKE, SUGAR COOKIES, GINGERBREAD, ANYTHING WITH WHIPPED CREAM ON IT OR IN IT!  YOU KNOW THE FEELING – WHEN YOUR MOUTH STARTS TO WATER JUST FROM THE SMELLS OF ALL THE WONDERFUL BAKED GOODIES COMING TOGETHER IN YOUR GRANDMOTHER’S KITCHEN!  FOR A PIE TO DIE FOR, WE HEAD UP THE HILL WITH ELVIS TO, AMONG OTHER THINGS, PICK A PECK OF FRESH BLUEBERRIES.  “BLUEBERRY HILL” WRAPS UP OUR “ELVIS EDIBLE THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION” AND IF YOU DIDN’T GET YOUR FILL, DON’T WORRY!  WE HAVE LEFTOVERS!

*****BLUEBERRY HILL*****

 

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