Friday, November 7, 2014

Recipes for Thanksgiving by Kristin Wallace

Now that we’re fully into November, it’s time to get serious and talk about food. Thanksgiving food specifically… From turkey to sides and desserts of all kinds. Many families have traditional dishes they make every year. Mine is certainly that way. So I thought I’d share a couple of dishes that I grew up with. Both of my parents cook, but Thanksgiving belonged – still does belong – to my mom. Her family grew up in Kentucky so a lot of our Thanksgiving dishes have Southern roots. It is certainly the case with these recipes.

Sweet Potato Casserole
3 cups mashed sweet potato
1 cup sugar
½ cup milk
1/3 cut butter softened
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla

Blend everything together until it is smooth and creamy. Pour into a oven safe baking dish.

1 cup chopped nuts (Use pecans or almonds. I prefer pecans.)
1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup flour
1/3 cup melted butter

Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. Add the melted butter and stir until it is moist. If it’s too runny or goopy add a little flour to thicken. Crumble the mixture in chunks on top so it covers the entire surface.

Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes or until the topping has browned and it appears firm. ENJOY!

The other dish is a dessert, also courtesy of the Bluegrass State, called Kentucky Derby Pie. If you like chocolate you will love this.

Derby Pie

½ cup melted butter
1 cup sugar
½ cup flour
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
¾ cup chocolate chips
¾ cup nuts (walnuts or pecans)
9 inch unbaked pie crust or shell

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Pour into the pie shell. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until the top is browned. DEVOUR!

Kristin Wallace is the USA Today Best Selling Author of inspirational romance and women’s fiction filled with Love, Laughter and a Leap of Faith. She is the author of the Covington Falls Chronicles, romances set in a fictional Southern town with a character all its own. Her latest release is Book 4 in the Chronicles, BY CHRISTMAS. 


  1. Wonderful, Kristen. Thanks. I love the sound of the Sweet Potato dish. I will try that. Although not at Thanksgiving because we don't have that in the UK, of course.

    1. Helen...doesn't matter. You can still give Thanks no matter where you live. BTW, you can used can sweet potato or boil them then mash. But fresh is better.

  2. I may start drooling on my keyboard. 😊

  3. Uh-oh... Now that I've seen the recipe for Derby Pie, I can't un-see it! LOL. Looks like I'll have to add this to my holiday table. Thanks, Kristin!

  4. Is the Derby Pie more like a Cookie pie or more like pecan pie in consistency?

  5. I've been making the "Derby Pie" for years now except we call it the "Chocolate Chip Pie." The ingredients are almost exactly the same and it is definitely the first to go come dessert time. Hint: Best served warm! Yum-Yum!