So happy to find this thread.
We'll be hosting a "salute to thanksgiving" for other Kiwi American families in New Zealand. It's springtime here, so feels rather presumptuous to celebrate the harvest, but what the heck.
We will roast our own (free range!) turkey, and roast some potatoes (an abundance of yummy organics at my local), and I plan to make a big ol' green salad (love the feta/walnut idea) and a wild rice salad. I thought I'd try the crock pot stuffing from the Hillbilly Housewife (http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/crockpot-stuffing-recipe.htm) even though it has a fairly shocking amount of butter in it. I like the idea of cranking the crockpot. I will make a broccoli cornbread and I need to think of something to do that will involve cranberries. But what? Biff some in the salads, maybe? Is green bean casserole kind of compulsory?
Guests are bringing pumpkin pie, wonder if I need to do anything else desserty? Do you serve icecream with pumpkin pie?
And just how does one make that sweet potato/marshmallow thing? My American born husband would really love it, and I never understood how it was part of the savoury course? Can anyone explain that? I wonder what to use for it: our version of a sweet potato is different, but similar enough, especially if I can find some butternut squash and chuck that in too, perhaps???
I know, I shouldn't get too obsessive. It's really about being together and I think it's super important to nurture these traditions ... my daughter is nearly 7 and fostering an emerging awareness of her American-ness. It's cool.
PS: I plan to print these placemats which I think are lush: http://familyfun.go.com/assets/cms/pdf/printables/FF0111MGI_Placemat.pdf