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12 Nov 2021
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Thanksgiving is almost upon us and we have extra to be thankful for this year. Being able to safely gather with family again is truly a great gift. Of course, having a delicious meal is a huge part of a fun Thanksgiving, but this can be a daunting task in a vacation home kitchen. To take the stress out of meal planning for your holiday trip, we gathered some of our favorite (and easy!) Thanksgiving recipes from our staff to assemble a fantastic family meal for your get-together.


-  Courtney, Website Design and IT: Sausage Balls
“Short and sweet, and yummy.”

  • Ingredients:
    • 1 pound ground breakfast sausage
    • ¾ cup Bisquick
    • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Instructions:
    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place parchment paper onto sheet pan.
    • Mix sausage and cheddar cheese in a bowl. Mix in Bisquick. Roll into walnut-sized balls and place onto prepared baking sheet. If mix is too dry, add in 1 or 2 tablespoons of milk or water at a time.
    • Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown and sausage is cooked through.
  • Tips:
    • To add a kick, add a diced jalapeno to the mix (seeded or unseeded) or spicy ground breakfast sausage (recommended Jimmy Dean, hot).
    • Recipe works great with gluten-free Bisquick and dairy-free cheese.


- Spencer, Guest and Owner Relations: Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes 
“Simple, easy, and perfect if you love garlic. I typically use 8-10 cloves”

  • Ingredients:
    • 3 ½ pounds russet potatoes
    • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
    • 16 ounces (2 cups) half-and-half
    • 6 cloves garlic, crushed (add more if you love garlic!)
    • 6 ounces grated Parmesan
  • Instructions:
    • Peel and dice potatoes, making sure all are relatively the same size. Place in a large saucepan, add the salt and cover with water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and then reduce heat to maintain a rolling boil. Cook until potatoes fall apart when poked with a fork.
    • Heat the half-and-half and the garlic in a medium saucepan over medium heat until simmering. Remove from heat and set aside.
    • Remove the potatoes from the heat and drain off the water. Mash and add the garlic-cream mixture and Parmesan; stir to combine. Let stand for 5 minutes so that mixture thickens and then serve.

- Kamille, Reservations and Marketing: Cranberry and Apple Stuffing 
“Instead of making stuffing and cranberry sauce separately, make this all-in-one stuffing! Use the tips to save on buying extra ingredients!”

  • Ingredients:
    • ½ cup (1 stick) butter
    • 2 cups chopped celery
    • 1 cup chopped onion
    • 2 medium apples, chopped
    • 1 bag (6 ounces) dried cranberries
    • 1 teaspoon Parsley
    • 1 teaspoon Rosemary
    • 1 teaspoon Thyme
    • 6 cups dry bread cubes (use croutons for flavor!)
    • 1 can (14 and ½ ounces) chicken broth
    • 1 cup apple juice
  • Instructions:
    • Preheat oven to 325°F. Melt butter in large skillet on medium heat. Add celery and onion; cook and stir 5 minutes or until softened. Stir in apples, cranberries, parsley, rosemary, and thyme.
    • Place bread cubes in large bowl. Add celery mixture, broth, and apple juice; toss gently until well mixed. Spoon into lightly greased 13x9-inch baking dish. Cover with foil.
    • Bake 15 minutes. Remove foil; bake additional 20 minutes or until heated through and lightly browned.
  • Tips:
    • Use a blended “Italian Seasoning” instead of buying multiple seasonings
    • Use seasoned croutons for the bread
    • Replace cranberries with blueberries for a sweeter flavor

Main Course:

- Cole Macias, Director of Operations: Baked Ham 
“It is easier to prep than turkey and less chance of drying out. Plus you don’t need gravy with ham!”

  • Ingredients:
    • 15 lbs whole bone-in ham
    • 1 lb brown sugar
    • ½ cup yellow mustard
    • Aluminum foil
  • Directions:
    • In a medium-size mixing bowl, mix yellow mustard and brown sugar until you have a thick "paste".
    • Take all wrappers off of ham and trim away excess fat.
    • Line baking pan (I spray with Pam in case some of the brown sugar mixture escapes, clean-up is easier) with Aluminum foil.
    • Place ham on foil and spread brown sugar/mustard paste on top.
    • Fold and seal foil. Do not open again until ham is done.
    • Bake at 350° for 4 hours.
    • Let sit for about 1 hour then carve.
  • Tips:
    • Use Dijon or Honey mustard for added flavor! 


-  Ashley Kubiszyn, CEO: Pumpkin Dump Cake 
“Here’s my fav Thanksgiving dessert. It’s ridiculously easy and, unlike other baked goods, shouldn’t be impacted by the altitude.”

  • Ingredients:
    • 1 can (29 oz.) pure pumpkin
    • 1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk
    • 3 large eggs
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • 3 tsp. cinnamon
    • 1 box (15.25 oz.) yellow cake mix
    • ¾ cup melted butter
    • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • Instructions:
    • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×13-inch baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
    • In a medium bowl, combine the pumpkin, milk, eggs, sugar, salt, and cinnamon until well mixed. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
    • Sprinkle the dry cake mix over the top of the batter. Pour the melted butter over the top. Sprinkle with pecans.
    • Bake for 50 minutes.
    • Allow the cake to cool 10 minutes before serving