Friday 11 October 2013

A Very Caker Thanksgiving!

This Monday, Canadian cakers across the land will put on their buckled black shoes, dust off their decorative corn centre pieces and gather round the Thanksgiving table. Sorry, Americans. You’ve still got a few weeks to go before the Peanuts special airs.

If you’re not sure what to make for Thanksgiving dinner, I’ve put together a menu of previously featured recipes that are sure to please every caker at your table. I didn’t include a turkey because, in my family, we could never afford one. Dad just went out and shot the biggest pigeon he could find.

From my caker house to yours, may your cornucopia be full of canned corn, Stove Top stuffing and Tums.

Cheese Cookies
Set up the TV tables, put on your “Kiss the Caker” apron and pass around these savory little ditties. Cakers like them because they have the word “cookie” in the name.

Green Bean Casserole
You can’t go wrong with this tried-and-true classic. Canned beans, cream of mushroom soup and deep fried onion things. The only thing you’ll regret is not making more. Well, that plus the gas.

Potato Casserole
This was my favourite dish of 2012. You have to cut up the potatoes which takes time, but that’s what aunts are for. I’m making this for my Thanksgiving dinner and since no aunts will be there, I’ll get my elderly mother to cut the potatoes. It’s important to make seniors feel needed. Watch for thumbs, though!

Isabel’s 5-Cup Salad/Dessert
Is it a dessert? A salad? Who cares? It's all going down the same hole. Besides, no caker Thanksgiving is complete without miniature marshmallows.

JELL-O Pineapple Rings
My mom made these all the time. If you don't like pineapple, just suck the JELL-O part off.

Pumpkin Dessert
There’s no better way to polish off a meal than with a big helping of pumpkin pah. But who's got time to buy a crust? This Pumpkin Dessert is a cinch. Serve with a cup of Folgers. Remember: it’s three parts Cool Whip to one part dessert.


  1. What a festive menu you've assembled Brian. I have a particular fondnes for the ol' green bean casserole which is probably due to the deep fried onion topping. Have you ever eaten those right from the can?
    Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Yes. Much to my regret. Chips they're not. Although they do in a pinch.

  2. Happy Eating, Brian.
    Your very good health!

    1. My very good health could be in peril this weekend. Wish me luck!
      Happy eating to you, as well!

  3. May your caker cornucopia be filled this weekend too, Brian! Mine will be, thanks to my sister who makes a special dish, where she combines plain niblets corn with creamed corn! Yum! A very complex recipe, but one that a caker can appreciate. We make it a family effort and my husband is cooking up the broccoli casserole, the one with the cream of chicken soup and mayonnaise - and yes, broccoli too. Just tonight I went out to purchase some packaged brownie mix with Betty Crocker chocolate frosting to go with it. Well, you can tell we'll be having a fabulous caker cooking weekend!

    Bon appetit!

    1. Creamed corn. Broccoli casserole. Brownie mix. Sounds like you're in store for a great Thanksgiving! Enjoy and save me the drumstick.

  4. I tried the recipe for Pumpkin Dessert thisThanksgiving weekend. Tasted good but the "crumble crust" part was a bit dodgy. I think if I made it again I wouldn't melt the butter before mixing it with the cake mix. It turned into more of a thick paste than a crumble, therefore I had no delicious crumble to sprinkle on the top. Luckily it wasn't so bad that we had to feed it to the chickens.Those suckers will eat anything.

    1. Hmm. That's a good point. If you make it with the unmelted butter, let me know how it turns out. Glad to hear the chickens didn't get it.