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Thanksgiving recipes: A Family Tradition

Thanksgiving week is upon us. If you're looking for some last-minute recipes and haven't picked up your copy of Elizabethtown Lifestyle Magazine yet, we have you covered. Here are four of our favorite recipes contributed by lovely local Elizabethtown ladies. Delectable food photography by Marnie Clagett of Clagett Photography.

The Perfect Turkey


1 Turkey

6 Sprigs Fresh Thyme

2 Onions - Chopped Coarse

2 Carrots - Peeled & Chopped Coarse

2 Celery Ribs, Chopped Coarse

1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter

1 Cup Water


Move oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 400o. Line roasting pan with foil or parchment paper.

Place half of vegetables and 4 sprigs thyme in turkey cavity (remove giblets first). Place remaining vegetables in roasting pan.

Roast the turkey breast side down for 45 minutes.

Remove pan from the oven. Using two bunches of paper towels, turn the turkey wing side up. (Wad up aluminum foil and place around bird to keep it from falling over.) Baste the turkey and add water to the pan if juices are drying out.

Return turkey to oven and roast for 15 minutes.

Remove pan from the oven and again rotate so the other wing side is up. Baste the bird.

Return turkey to oven and roast on this side for 15 minutes.

Remove turkey from oven. Turn it breast side up. Baste and roast turkey until it registers 160 degrees in the breast, 175 degrees at the thigh (approximately 35-45 minutes).

Recipe contributed by Karen Blaiklock.

Bacon Brussels Sprouts with Apricot Preserves


16-18 Fresh Brussels Sprouts

2-21/2 Slices of Turkey Bacon

2-3 TBSP Apricot Preserves

2-3 TBSP of Earth Balance Soy-Free Spread


Wash, trim ends, remove damaged leaves and halve Brussels Sprouts. Place in medium serving bowl with 4-5 TBSP of water as desired.

Broil turkey bacon until slightly crispy and the edges are lightly browned. Cut into small pieces.

Allow turkey bacon to cool to room temperature.

Cover Brussels Sprouts bowl and microwave 4 minutes (I used Power Level 8 in 1500 watt oven). Check for doneness. If needed, repeat for 1 minute and check for doneness as many times as necessary. Drain any excess water.

Immediately add Earth Balance Spread to the cooked Brussel Sprouts bowl and toss ingredients. Add bacon to the bowl and toss.

Add apricot preserves and mix thoroughly.

Serve warm: Enjoy the smiles of friends who despise Brussel Sprouts!

Recipe contributed by mother and daughter, Jan Swope and Joy Swope.

Maple-Glazed Holiday Carrots


2 lbs Medium Sized Carrots

1/2 Stick of Butter

1/2 Cup Brown Sugar

1/4 Cup Maple Syrup

Salt to Taste

2-3 Tbsp of Fresh Minced Herbs of Your Choice

We used a mixture of parsley, thyme and oregano for this recipe. Rosemary is a great alternative to the fresh oregano.


Peel carrots.

Blanch carrots in boiling water for approximately 90 seconds, and remove from boiling water.

Rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process.

In a large skillet, melt the butter over low heat.

Stir in salt and brown sugar.

Cook this mixture for 1 to 1

1/2 minutes, or until slightly thickened.

Add maple syrup, half of the herbs, and the carrots.

Cook over low heat until the sauce is thicker and the carrots are tender.

Sprinkle remaining herbs over the carrots before serving.

Recipe serves 6-8 people.

Recipe contributed by Susan King, D.M.D. and daughter Claire Brown, D.M.D.

The Pie Lady's Pecan Pie


1 Cup Sugar

3 TBSP Margarine,

1 Cup Chopped Pecans

2 Large Eggs

1/2 Cup Light Corn Syrup.

1 Unbaked 9” Kroger Pie Crust


Blend ingredients together with mixer.

Pour into 9 inch unbaked pie crust.

Bake at 350o for approximately 45 minutes.

Oven temperatures vary so start checking after 35 minutes by shaking the oven rack. Bake until all of the filling barely moves together. Bake time is critical to make the consistency perfect.

The filling will set up as the pie cools.


Recipe contributed by “The Pie Lady,” Barbara Proffitt. She is known throughout Hardin County as “The Pie Lady” and is on track this year to bake 400 pies.

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Wishing all of you a Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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