The Amish Cook: Thanksgiving Blessings and Turkey Salad

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CAPTION:  The Eicher’s Thanksgiving table sits elegantly set with dishes, awaiting the big feast!  The table was set for 19.



It is Friday and everyone is home today.  Yesterday was Thanksgiving Day.  My sister Emma, her husband Jacob, and children, sisters  Verena and Susan and daughter Elizabeth’s friend Timothy all joined us for Thanksgiving dinner.  I put the turkeys in about 6 a.m. and they were ready by a little after  11 a.m. and we sat down for the meal at noon. We added an eight foot table to our ten foot kitchen table and put out 19 place settings.  It would have 21 if daughter Susan and her friend Mose had been there.  But Susan  went with her friend Mose to Charlotte to have Thanksgiving dinner with his family.

I prepared an 18 pound turkey and a 21-pound turkey but had a lot leftover.  On the menu besides turkey was mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing ( which I had stuffed in both turkeys), mixed vegetables, corn, overnight salad, express salad, dill pickles, hot peppers, sliced cheese, homemade bread,  butter, strawberry jam, cheese ball, and crackers, veggies and dip, pumpkin roll,, angel food cake, homemade Reeses bars, ice cream, pumpkin, pecan, and peanut butter pies.  My sisters brought some of the food too so there was more  than plenty.  That means the next few meals should be easy.

The afternoon was spent playing various board games.  The day went too fast.  This morning we cleaned everything up and the girls are doing laundry now.  Joe and I plan to take our horse and buggy to town after I get this written.  The boys are hauling manure out to the fields.  Hopefully everything will be done before noon so they can all have the afternoon free to do whatever they want.  Joe ended up being off work all week from the factory and so did daughter Elizabeth.

This week went by way too fast.  Thanksgiving Day is already passed Thanksgiving is a day to remember what many blessings we have, a time to sing praises unto the Lord thanking him for all he has done, a day to spend with family and friends and make new memories, a day to remember how blessed we are to have another bountiful harvest put up for the long cold winter. Do we appreciate our blessings enough?  How often we take for granted that we have plenty of food and a warm place to stay. A holiday such as Thanksgiving Day is a nice time to reflect on all of our blessings but let us also remember to thank God daily.  I hope everyone had an enjoyable and safe holiday.  May God bring many blessings to each of you readers.  A Thank you to all of you for your support through years of penning this column.  A special thanks to Jean from Ohio (reader of the Times-Reporter in New Philadelphia) for sending daughter Susan the very nice wall-hanging.  She loves the horse on there and it is already hanging in her bedroom.  She wants to send a personal thank you.  May God bless you for such kindness.

For those you who need a way to use up leftover turkey try this recipe:


1 1 /2 cups mayonnaise

1 tablespoon orange juice

3 cups cooked turkey chopped

1 apple diced

1 /4 cup celery, diced

2 green onions, chopped

1 /4 cup pecans, toasted

Mix mayo and orange juice in a large bowl until blended.  Add remaining ingredients and mix lightly. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before eating.

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  1. kentuckylady 717 says:

    Your menu sounds wonderful Lovina….I would have eaten a little of each thing :) I like everything you had…..
    The turkey salad recipe you posted sounds wonderful too.
    Would you give us your Cheese Ball recipe ?

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  2. kentuckylady 717 says:

    By the way , what is overnight salad ?

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  3. What a lovely post, as usual, and an amazing feast! Interesting the table is set with the plates turned upside down?

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  4. I’ve not heard of express salad-what are the ingredients?

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  5. It has been strongly suggested by cooks as well as physicians that you NOT put dressing/stuffing in the turkey any more. The risk of bacteria is too great and illnesses have occurred due to this habit. We want to keep our amish cook and her family healthy. Please stop putting dressing inside those turkeys……….it does not cook properly. Better to be safe than sorry…..

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  6. Please tell the amish cook that doctors and published cooking experts do not recommend placing stuffing/dressing inside turkey to cook. The dressing does not reach the required temperature to kill bacteria. I would not want the Amish cook or her family and friends to end up with food poisoning due to this cooking process. Please continue your great column as I enjoy reading about your family and friends…..

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