How to Cook a Turkey Dinner the Farm Journal Way

November 24, 2015 03:15 PM

Thanksgiving: A day to feast, spend time with those we love, and reflect on all the things we’re grateful for. If you’re anything like me, one of the things you’re thankful for is a bounty of farm-fresh food on your table.

We all have those Thanksgiving dishes that bring back extra-special memories. For me, it’s my grandmother’s oyster dressing. She died over a decade ago, but every time I make that dish, I think of her. She had deep Midwestern roots and the cooking skills to match.

I also wonder, how common is oyster dressing these days? Maybe it’s more popular than I realize, but it seems like a dish that’s gone by the wayside—like so many others.

I love Thanksgiving because it's the perfect excuse for me to make those "old-fashioned," from-scratch, almost-forgotten recipes. Farm Journal’s 1959 Country Cookbook outlines a turkey dinner menu that features a variety of mouthwatering country dishes—some still commonly seen on today’s tables, and others, not so much.

Here is Farm Journal's recommended turkey dinner menu, along with some of the original recipes from the cookbook.

Do you remember eating dishes like this? Does your family still serve them? What are your favorite Thanksgiving foods? Let us know in the comments below!

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Spell Check

Karl Sparn
Slippery Rock,, PA
11/25/2015 08:02 AM

  Turkey, bread stuffing, giblet/liver/gizzard/ gravy, homemade egg noodles, baked creamed corn, homemade cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, green-bean casserole, fresh baked dinner rolls, home-baked apple and apricot pies...Enjoy!

John Hardy
Lohrville, IA
11/25/2015 08:41 PM

  I also would like the recipe for oyster casserole. We used to have it all the time. Maybe others would like it also

Ulysses, KS
11/25/2015 07:55 AM

  I wanted to see the oyster dressing recipe. Love oysters and never heard of it! Please share!


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