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Our Favorite Thanksgiving Foods

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

It is always fun when Thanksgiving comes along, giving us the opportunity to express our gratitude. To all those with whom we’ve worked this past year: thank you for your friendship and amazing support.

Of course, the office is also abuzz with plans for Thanksgiving dinner. We’re looking forward to eating those foods that only come around this time of year! Here are some of our favorites…

Loves the yams – more specifically the yummy-sugar-coated-with-walnuts kind!

Loves all the food during Thanksgiving, but mostly the turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy.

She’s all about her mom’s old recipe for gravy – it goes good with everything!

Her favorite: the garlic mashed potatoes. Yum!

Loves Houlihan’s Baked Potato Soup (she said if you haven’t tried this you don’t know what you are missing), along with the sweet and salty Strawberry Pretzel Dessert…a family favorite year round.

And for fun, check out Barb’s Strawberry Pretzel Dessert recipe below! It may not be traditional Thanksgiving fare but it is definitely a delicious addition to any holiday get-together.



1 ½ cups crushed pretzels (pretzel sticks work well for crushing)

½ c. sugar

½ c. melted butter (or margarine)

Mix pretzels, sugar and butter. Press into 9×13 pan. Bake 5 min at 350 degrees. Cool.


8 oz. softened cream cheese

1 medium size container of cool whip + more for serving

2 small packages strawberry jello

2 cups hot water

2 -10oz. packages frozen strawberries with juice

Blend softened cream cheese and 1 medium size container of cool whip. Spread over cooled crust.

Dissolve strawberry jello in hot water. Add frozen strawberries (thawed, include juice). When jello begins to set, pour over cream cheese layer. Set until firm.

Cut into squares. Top with cool whip.


The Sass Team

p.s. thanks for checking out our favorite Thanksgiving foods!
What are some of yours?



Sass Team Holiday Traditions

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011


Nothing reinforces the importance of families and traditions as much as the holidays.  With Christmas just around the corner, we asked our staff about some of their favorite holiday traditions.

“My family has always followed the tradition of St. Nicholas by hanging our stockings – although originally it was shoes in the legend – by the fireplace on December 5, St. Nicholas Eve.  In the morning, our stockings would have a small gift, such as coins and candy, if we had been good children. If we had been bad, we would get ‘coal’ or, in my case, a charcoal briquette and a stick. St. Nicholas is believed to be the basis for what Santa Claus looks like today.  My parents also had their own incentive for honoring this tradition.  As my mother later explained, a piece of coal mixed into our stockings two weeks before Christmas ensured our best behavior leading up to the holidays!”  - Wendy

“Our tradition, since my daughter was born twenty-eight years ago, is to go out the day after Thanksgiving and cut down our own fresh Christmas tree.” - Jeff

“Being a full-blooded Norwegian, you might guess that one of our Christmas family favorites was “Lefse.”  Both my mother and grandmother made it, and it was awesome!  As my sister and I got older we both wanted to learn to make it ourselves, but we never quite got beyond helping. About 10 years ago my sister was here from California and we decided we’d try to make it with our daughters, nieces, and nephews.

We had a recipe from our grandma and it called for 5 tablespoons of salt – we thought it seemed like a lot but it was Grandma’s recipe.  Lefse is supposed to be round but as we were rolling it out, the kids were laughing and having a great time trying to decide what state their Lefse was shaped like; so not only did it not taste good, it didn’t even look good!  Needless to say, we didn’t count this experience as a success, only an attempt to carry out a Norwegian tradition but we had a great time.  Our mother and grandmother would have laughed until they cried. But the story has a happy ending – I have now learned how to make Lefse that both looks and tastes good.  It has become a tradition with my kids and grandkids to have good Lefse at both Thanksgiving and Christmas.” - Barb

“Christmas dinner with Mark’s family is something I look forward to every Christmas.  We start out with oyster stew and homemade bread for garlic toast.  Then we jump right into the main course – sauerkraut and dumplings, deep fried or baked fish, German potato salad, kolaches (a Bohemian sweet roll), and rohliky (a Bohemian crescent roll).  While the food never changes, our deserts change all the time.  It is whatever we all decided to bring from pies, cookies, caramel corn, fudge, rosettes and more.  It’s a Bohemian/Czech and German dinner that the family always looks forward too.  IT’S TRADITION!” – Chris & Mark

We hope you make time this year to enjoy your own traditions and, from our family to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!