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Planning and Preparing a Real Food Thanksgiving Dinner – Keeper of the Home

Keeper Of The Home : Guest Post : 

Hilary Bernstein 

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer

Growing up, Thanksgiving dinner was a wonderful time with family and plenty of food. Yet many of the dishes served were made with processed food:

  • Green bean casserole made with cream of mushroom soup and French friend onions,
  • Pre-made rolls,
  • Gravy from a jar,
  • Canned sweet potatoes topped with brown sugar and marshmallows,
  • Canned cranberry sauce,
  • Pumpkin pie made with ready-made pie crusts and canned filling.

A real food Thanksgiving dinner isn't difficult to prepare, and the taste is amazing ... and far more nutritious than a processed meal.

My husband and I both love to cook real food, so a few years ago we started making our own real food Thanksgiving dinner – weeks before Thanksgiving. It was delicious. And, surprisingly, it wasn’t too difficult. In fact, with a little planning, I’ve found I can make everything from scratch in just a few hours.

Until this year, we haven’t been able to enjoy a completely real food Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day. (We’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner for the first time this year!And my menu is filled with real food.) When we know to expect a processed Thanksgiving, we make up for it by enjoying our own real food feast throughout the year – whether it’s in the middle of November, January, or even July.


I’ve experimented with different recipes over the years, but have found my favorites. My go-to menu is: 

Read the blog post to find out what is on the menu.


My real name is Debra (Debbie Sue). Sarah is a nickname given to me in high school. My husband has always called me that so here in Florida It's all I am known by. I was born and raised in Illinois. My son and I moved to Colorado in 1982. I taught school for 17 years. Then I ran a homeschooling/preschool/daycare until 2006 when I moved to Florida after my son, Bobby died suddenly. He was almost 26. Danny and I live and work at a state park here. I miss the mountains and climate of Colorado. I miss snow and the four seasons. I miss Bobby.

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