What’s Cookin’ Thanksgiving?

Investigating Thanksgiving Family Recipe Traditions

This Thanksgiving while investigating family traditions and items to pass along, I ran across this unusual recipe in Grandma’s Whitman’s Sampler candy box recipe file. She had a variety of recipes. Some in booklets and newspaper clippings, some on note cards  or slips of paper, and one on the back of a bridge score sheet.

grandma's spatula

Using this old spatula I retrieved from her kitchen, I enjoy trying out some of her recipes. This is an interesting one for fried tomatoes that has a sauce.


Old Fashioned Fried Tomatoes

4 medium or 3 large tomatoes

¼ c fine dry bread crumbs or flour

½ tsp. salt

Dash pepper

Bacon fat for frying


2 Tbsp flour

1 ½ c. milk

½ tsp Worcestershire sauce


Cut tomatoes into thick slices, about 4 to each tomato. Combine bread crumbs, salt and pepper. Coat tomato slices on both sides. Fry in hot fat about ¼ inch deep, turning carefully to brown both sides. Remove to hot platter. Pour off all be 2 Tbsp. fat. Blend in flour. Add milk gradually, stirring constantly until thickened. Add Worcestershire sauce. Pour sauce over tomatoes. Makes 6 servings. (Bacon fat adds flavor, but other fat or oil may be used.


Try it for Thanksgiving—you might start a family tradition of your own!




My husband’s family always served a “pan of spaghetti” for Thanksgiving. I soon learned a pan of spaghetti is mac-cheese made with angel hair pasta instead of macaroni and baked in a roasting pan. Leftovers are served with stewed tomatoes.

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