1970s Thanksgiving Menu

Last year I followed a Thanksgiving Menu from the 1963 Better Homes and Gardens Birthdays and Family Celebrations. I had quite a bit of fun and decided that I would do it again. So early this year I had picked a menu from the 1950s but with everything going on this year it was not so easy to gather the items for the tablescape I wanted to do. Not wanting to cancel doing a Thanksgiving Menu, I decided to switch it to a 1970s menu as my mother already had Pyrex and dishes from that time period that I could use. So enter Southern Living: Holiday cookbook

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Southern Living: The Holiday Cookbook

So what is on the menu? (click on the recipes with asterisks to go the post that includes the recipe)

1970s Thanksgiving Menu

Starters
Hot Spiced Vineyard Cup*   Smoked Salmon*

Main Course
Harvest Apple Salad*     Turkey with Gravy     Dressing*
Parmesan Beans with Croutons*
Sweet Potato-Stuffed Apples*

Dessert
Pumpkin Pie*

I will admit I did have to omit three dishes but I had good reasons. First, there was a cream of pumpkin soup that was part of the starters. I don’t know if it is the same where you live but finding canned pumpkin was quite hard this year. I was able to get a can for the pie and that was it. The second was the Virginia sweet pickles. This was due to time. I had made the change to the new menu at the last moment that I did not have the few weeks it would take to make homemade pickles. Lastly was the corn soufflé because no one has time to fuss with a soufflé on Thanksgiving. It was as simple as that.

So the rest of the week will be the posts about the individual recipes. Last year I split it up with an appetizer, a main course, and a dessert post which is what I will do this year. I know this is a little late doing it on the week of Thanksgiving but you know it is the strange year of 2020.

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