Holidays bring family, football. . .FOOD

Cara Smith ‘15


Today when people think of Thanksgiving, a few things that come to mind include family, football, and FOOD!

Thanksgiving brings family together just as it brought the Indians and Pilgrims together many years ago. The biggest thing that Thanksgiving now and Thanksgiving then have in common is bonding over food. The traditional Thanksgiving meal includes turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, yams, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Many of these delicious dishes are enjoyed all over the United States and are favorites among Crusader Nation.

Halie Watkins ’18 said, “I look forward to eating turkey and cheesy potatoes this Thanksgiving.”

Christian Stefani ‘18 said, “My favorite Thanksgiving food is ham.”

Though turkey may the star, this is another favorite food among many.

Many of the Crusaders interviewed said that they eat about two to three plates full of food throughout the day on Thanksgiving. Some families snack all day long on this special holiday and look forward to the variety of dishes offered at their party. Every family is different and cooks unique recipes.

Jessica Johnson ’15 said, “I don’t really like Thanksgiving, but every year I have to have egg rolls!”

Another special dish was shared by LCN’s Food and Nutrition teacher Anthony Kiner.

“One year I made turducken for Thanksgiving. It consists of turkey, duck, and chicken,” he said.

Kiner said that green bean casserole is his favorite food to eat during this special day, and he will usually eat three to four plates full of food on Thanksgiving. He also shared that he is the head chef on this holiday! Many Crusaders said that their mom or grandma cooks the Thanksgiving meal for the family.

November 27, 2014, will be just another day to people all over the world, but in America, this day has a different meaning. German exchange student, Alex Schlesselmann ’15 will be celebrating this holiday for the very first time.

Schlesselmann said, “I am very excited to eat turkey with my host family on Thanksgiving.”

If any Crusader would like to try a new dish this Thanksgiving, look at the sidebar to find a recipe shared by Kiner. To all the chefs of Crusader Nation: have a wonderful and tasty holiday. Bon appetit!

Coach Kiner’s White Castle Stuffing


10-12 White Castle Sliders, no pickles

1 ½ cups celery, diced

1 ¼ teaspoons thyme, ground

1 ½ teaspoons sage, ground

¾ teaspoon black pepper, coarsely ground

¼ cup chicken broth plus 3/4 cup chicken broth


1. In a large mixing bowl, tear the sliders into pieces and add diced celery and seasonings. Toss.

2. Add chicken broth. Toss well.

3. Add ingredients to casserole dish, add an additional ¾ cup of chicken broth and bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.


Stuff the ingredients into the cavity of the turkey before roasting and cook as you normally would.

This recipe makes about 9 cups (enough for a 10 to 12 pound turkey).

Note: Allow 1 slider for each pound of turkey, which will be equal to ¾ cup of stuffing per pound.