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Happy Canadian Thanksgiving Day!

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Happy Canadian Thanksgiving Day!

Today is not only Columbus Day here in the US, but up north, because today is the second Monday of October, it also happens to be Canadian Thanksgiving Day. So we thought we’d spent a little time giving thanks for—and to—our beloved Canadian members!

Let’s start with our resident Canuck: Dara (cookincanuck), who is now based in Utah. Dara is a prolific food blogger and Tasty Kitchen member. She’s also a regular here at the Tasty Kitchen Blog. Believe me, it was difficult trying to pick out only a few recipes to showcase from her 115-strong recipe box, but I gave it my best shot.

TK Blog: Happy Canadian Thanksgiving Day! (Recipes from Cookin' Canuck)

Mum's Savory Beef & Potato Curry Sticky & Sweet Chicken Wings with Soy, Honey & Ginger Spinach Salad with Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions & Cannellini Beans Reese's Peanut Butter Cup & Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

We’re thankful, too, for kandktestkitchen from Ottawa. This mother-and-daughter tandem has brought us some wonderful dishes too, including this scrumptious Sun-dried Tomato, Corn, and Bacon Pasta.

TK Blog: Happy Canadian Thanksgiving Day! (Sun-dried Tomato, Corn, and Bacon Pasta from TK member K&K Test Kitchen)

Then there’s seafieldfarm from Halifax, Nova Scotia (now living in Toronto), with beautiful food photos and mouthwatering recipes, like these Spicy Mango Pulled Pork sandwiches.

TK Blog: Happy Canadian Thanksgiving Day! (Spicy Mango Pulled Pork from TK member Seafield Farm)

We’d also like to give a big welcome and thank you to a relatively new member, Canadian Alexandra (I Adore Food). I say we celebrate with a round of her Fresh Strawberry Mojitos.

TK Blog: Happy Canadian Thanksgiving Day! (Fresh Strawberry Mojitos from TK member Alexandra of I Adore Food)

We’ve got strapping young Canadian men, too. Men as comfortable baking in the kitchen as they are climbing rocks and doing other manly things. Like tastesbetterwithfriends from Toronto, who shows us his non-meat-and-potatoes side by whipping up a bowl of Vegetarian Coconut Thai Soup.

TK Blog: Happy Canadian Thanksgiving Day! (Vegetarian Coconut Thai Soup from TK member Ethan Adeland of Feeding Ethan)

Another thank you goes out to isabelleathome from Québec (now living in Indiana), whose Happy Linguini has a recipe title that will make you smile. Make it, devour it, then watch that smile grow even bigger.

TK Blog: Happy Canadian Thanksgiving Day! (Happy Linguini from TK member Isabelle at Home)

And finally, no ode to Canada would be complete with a mention of Nanaimo Bars, quite possible the quintessential Canadian (British Columbian, to be exact) treat. At least to non-experts like me. Nanaimo bars are named after the city of Nanaimo in British Columbia. A woman named Mabel Jenkins submitted the recipe for inclusing in an annual cookbook, and the dessert quickly became popular. So it’s only fitting to end this post with these delectable no-bake bars. Because I love ya, I picked these amazing-looking Nutella Nanaimo Bars from savourfare, who may not be Canadian but sure knocked this one out the ballpark.

TK Blog: Happy Canadian Thanksgiving Day! (Nutella Nanaimo Bars from TK member Kate of Savour Fare)

We’ve got many more Canadian members, like Kim Bee from Ontario, Chef Fish from Newfoundland (now living in Ontario), movita beaucoup from Halifax, Nova Scotia, missdelish from Vancouver, BC, marie-michèle from Matane, Québec, and aseasonedtraveller from Ottawa (now living in Amsterdam). I know I can’t mention them all, so let’s hear from you! Any other Canadian members out there? Come out and say hi! And thank you for being so cool and amazing. We’re so glad to have you as neighbors.

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving Day!



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Sid's Sea Palm Cooking on 10.28.2011

You’ve got another Canadian here. And so sorry I missed the original post. I celebrate both the Canadian and American Thanksgivings. I mean, you can’t have Turkey just once a year, can you? I’m gearing up for a large celebration next month, since we’ll have at least 20 or possibly more here for Thanksgiving. We’re having everyone over who doesn’t have family in the area and want to spend the day with friends. I’m doing the Turkey, Mashed Potato’s and gravy and asking our guests to bring the one dish that means “Thanksgiving” to them. It could be cranberry sauce, green bean casserole or … Always fun to see what special dishes people bring. I’ll also be making the Pioneer Woman’s ‘Green Bean Casserole again this year, it was a hit when I made it last year.
And you mentioned Nanaimo Bars, sigh. Something I make at least once, twice, three or more times a year. And since I used to live on the ‘Island’, just south of Nanaimo, I can say I have some small knowledge of how I think they should taste. Of course there are all kinds of variations out there, and I’m slowly trying more and more of them.

Crystal on 10.15.2011

Thanks for mentioning us and our early celebration :) Our daughter cooked dinner last weekend: turkey with bread stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, mashed carrots and turnips(mixed together), sweet potatoes with peanut butter and coconut (yummy!), fruit salad with whipped cream (not for dessert – as part of the main course), lettuce salad with pears, pecans, dried cranberries and a maple cream dressing, dill pickles, cranberry relish and whole wheat honey buns. Dessert was apple pie or pumpkin pie with whipped cream. I’m cooking this weekend for friends who just got back from a European holiday and it will be much the same. It’s so good that you can do it two weekends in a row, right?!

With colder temperatures up here in Alberta our decorating is confined to the house and not so much in the yard. I do love seeing all the beautiful ways our US neighbours dress up their houses and yards.

LadyJane on 10.14.2011

Thank you all for responding to my question about traditional foods! BTW- I don’t like the marshmallow and yam/sweet potato thing either! Yuck! Give me plain baked or mashed sweet potato w/a little butter, salt and peppper anytime. Not crazy bout green bean casserole – until I had it w/ fresh green beans and homemade sauce instead of the canned mushroom soup!

Celestine on 10.13.2011

I live in Norfolk, Virginia and I spent Canadian Thanksgiving in Sarnia, Ontario with my fiance Phil and six friends. The weather last weekend was so amazing that we actually ate outside. It was pretty traditional fare; turkey, sausage and mushroom stuffing, gravy, cranberry-raspberry relish, roasted potatoes and shallots, asparagus and green beans with toasted pecans, and pumpkin and apple pies. I love the idea that I now get two Thanksgivings. Phil will be down to visit me in November. I can’t wait!

Anna on 10.13.2011

Yay, so fun to see other Canadian members! I’m from BC, lived in Ottawa, and now back in beautiful BC…so happy that blogging means we have an excuse to celebrate and cook for TWO Thanksgivings :)

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cookincanuck on 10.12.2011

Aww, thanks so much for this wonderful post! We Canadians (whether living at home in Canada or abroad) appreciate your Thanksgiving wishes.

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jodivee on 10.12.2011

just read this now – was busy filling my tummy with a fabulous turkey dinner! ;)
Thank you for the acknowledgment!! I hope all of my fellow Canadians had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Christine L. on 10.11.2011

mmmm It was a delish get together! Thank you friends to the south, we hope your Columbus Day was spectacular.

The menu here was fantabulous. Turkey and Prime Rib Roast, cornbread stuffing (no sausage this time, I’m working on perfecting my stuffing so trying different varieties each time – I combined a little of the USA for fun this time), turkey gravy, sweet potatoes with butter and vanilla, warm beets, carrots and brown sugar, homemade cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes…Dessert was over the top with a pumpkin cheesecake, warm apple pie, petits fours and cream. Shortly after dinner the tryptophan effect happened and all we wanted to do was sleep!!!!! Happy Thanksgiving all :)

Janet on 10.11.2011

AWW thanks for the inclusion for being such a newbie! I’m devouring the leftovers after another thanksgiving dinner aborad– NOTHING like the giant feast I’d get back home with turkey, roast potatoes, candied yams, cheesy cauliflower and broccoli a la Aunt Norma (my fav), stuffing – two kinds, one with sasage and cranberries and the other just plain, 3 bean salad, rolls, pecan pie, pumpkin pie… really the list goes on! I hope wherever you are, you are able to tuck into something delicious and be thankful!

SusanP in ON on 10.10.2011

Our menu is turkey (as close to 30 pounds as Mum can get! All $77 worth!), mashed white potatoes, baked mashed sweet potatoes (in the pure form only!), dressing (no sausage in the end of the bird, but mum’s dressing is made with ground sausage meat), the best dark gravy ever as she cooks it hot and fast, and a frozen veg. Used to be peas but sissy in law doesn’t care for them so it is plain old mixed veg now.

I was going to say… those Nanaimo bars -sacreligiious!!! But nutella…may just have to make those! FWIW, they may have been called chocolate slice in other parts of the country before gaining the present name–historical check with a church cookbook of my mothers that predates the Nanaimo name!

We always have pumpkin pie (which is a pain in Canada as you have to search way in the back of the freezer for last year’s jackolantern flesh!) I think that is why butter tarts or more likely to be seen at Christmas time.

It is a quieter holiday here, as most Canadian ones are! No sports related anything…heck the stores are even closed!

Now if we could only get that certain cooking show to get across that long border…which apparently is far more protected electronically than physically!!!

carly-fries on 10.10.2011

Thanks for recognizing us Canadians!! At our house we have all the regular thanksgiving fare with certain staples like creamed corn, cabbage rolls, squash, pumpkin pie… check out my all-canadian recipe for Puffed Wheat Cake too!

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seafieldfarm on 10.10.2011

Aww! You guys are so sweet! I am so thankful to be featured along side such amazing Canadian talent! Happy Thanksgiving!!

Shannon on 10.10.2011

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

To add to Karlie’s response to LadyJane, we also have stuffing/dressing, but cornbread stuffing/dressing is very rare (as is cornbread here unless you make it yourself). My family does the sausage thing in the end of the bird (it’s REALLY good). There was always mashed turnips on the table (my mum’s fave), and sometimes they would add marshmallows on top of that to make the kids eat it (it just tasted even grosser). Broccoli, peas and carrots, but, yeah, no green bean casserole with those fried onions on top. Never eaten that kind of dish before. Dessert is pumpkin pie or apple pie.

The nutella Nanaimo bars look yummy, but just wondering where the quintessential Canadian “Butter Tarts” are? I guess those are more of a Christmas thing for us.

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veshke on 10.10.2011

Well, for this canuck (from Edmonton, Alberta) it is the traditional turkey dinner. I know a lot of people also do ham and Ukrainian food (that is probably a local thing)… but turkey and all the fixings and then pumpkin pie for dessert is the standard around here :)

I use American Thanksgiving as an excuse to cook another turkey! So thanks to our neighbours from the south for giving me another excuse!

Karlie on 10.10.2011

A lot of the same standard fare but with subtle changes: we usually have a turkey, but a fair number of people (my husband’s family included) put sausage in the end of the bird, after the stuffing/dressing. It’s a British tradition I think!

We also usually have mashed potatoes, veggies (brussels sprouts are common, but I think it varies with families), cranberry sauce, and lots of gravy! We usually have pumpkin pie for dessert. Most families have a few “family specialty” dishes too that always appear. For instance, my family is Scandinavian so we often have cabbage and there’s usually pickled herring and rye crackers on the table.

Things we DON’T commonly have, unless there’s an American in the family: the yam thing with marshmallows on top and green bean casserole. Sorry my lovely US friends, but I’m kind of horrified by the yams in particular! I don’t like yams or sweet potatoes anyway though.

LadyJane on 10.10.2011

So, what is on the ‘traditional Canadian thanksgiving’ menu? Inquiring minds want to know! Thanks, and have a most wonderful day!

Shim Farm on 10.10.2011

Fellow Canadian here! Happy Thanksgiving day to anyone who’s celebrating today!

I’m pretty glad we’re all neighbors, too!

Now, about those Nutella Nanaimo bars…wow!

Kay, The Church Cook on 10.10.2011

Three cheers for our Canadian friends! Thank you for all the scrumptious recipes @TK! :)

Kerry on 10.10.2011

Awwwww!!!!!! Thanks American Buddies, we Canadians enjoy your American Thanksgiving. O.K. it does come with great shopping opportunities too EH!!!!

MelissaC on 10.10.2011

Happy Thanksgiving fellow Canucks!