These cookbooks are found in the Tennessee section of the public library. | Photo by NOOGAtoday
Thanksgiving is Thursday, and while we’re sure your loved ones have traditional dishes they bring to the table each year, sometimes it’s fun to spice up the menu a little bit with something new.
Here are Thanksgiving dishes by Chattanoogans found in some classic cookbooks at the Chattanooga Public Library (plus, a more modern, veganized recipe by a local blogger) for you to bring to your table this holiday.
Cookbook: “Fine Dining: Tennessee Style” Published: 2000 Dish: Chattanooga Choo Choo Corn Fritters by Jim Wynn
3 cups of flour
2 tablespoons of baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons of sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
3/4 cup of milk
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup of whole kernel corn, drained
Deep fat for frying
Sift the first four ingredients. Mix eggs + milk and add to the dry mixture; add oil and corn and beat until blended. Drop heaping tablespoons into 350° deep fat and fry for two to three minutes, or until golden brown. Drain on absorbent paper. Keep warm and serve with powdered sugar.
Cookbook: “Lookout Mountain Cook Book” Published: 1972 Dish: Wild Rice Casserole by F. Ward Reilly Jr.
1 tablespoon of dried parsley flakes, salt + pepper
1 tablespoon of butter
1/2 pound of sauteed mushrooms
Soak and wash rice. Place in casserole dish and pour consommé over it. Let absorb for an hour or more. Bake covered at 350° for 40 minutes. Add water if it dries. Add butter, parsley + mushrooms. Mix together. Cook uncovered at 300° until all liquid has been absorbed.
Cookbook: “Come into my Kitchen” Published: 1969 Dish: Chocolate Almond Pie by Celia Marks
6 Hershey chocolate almond bars (small size)
18 large marshmallows
1/2 cup of milk
1 cup of heavy cream, whipped
In the top of a double boiler, melt candy bars + marshmallows in milk; cool thoroughly. Fold in whipped cream and pour into an eight or nine-inch baked pastry shell. Chill before serving. If desired, decorate with toasted almond slivers.
More of a chef (or taste tester) of the modern age or have a family member visiting who quit turkey, cold turkey? Check out this delicious vegan Roasted Delicate Squash with Balsamic Glaze recipe by local blogger Kate Veltkamp of The Friendly Feast to balance your Thanksgiving table with age-old classics + exciting new dishes.
The Word Alive | Tuesday, Nov. 22 | 7 p.m. | Barrelhouse Ballroom, 1501 Long St., Chattanooga | $25-$30 | The Word Alive will make a stop in Chattanooga during their “From Ashes to New: Until We Break” tour.
Wednesday, Nov. 23
Book Chatt Connection | Wednesday, Nov. 23 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | Downtown Library, 1001 Broad St., Chattanooga | Free | Join local librarians and fellow readers at the downtown library for a fun book discussion.
EPB Holiday Windows Unveiling | Wednesday, Nov. 23 | 5 p.m. | EPB Main Office, 10 W. MLK Blvd., Chattanooga | Free | Come out to the grand unveiling of EPB’s holiday windows — an annual tradition that dates back to the WWII era.
Thursday, Nov. 24
The 10th Annual Stuffing Strut | Thursday, Nov. 24 | 8-10 a.m. | Chester Frost Park, 2277 Gold Point Cir. N., Hixson | $30 | Participants support the Northside Neighborhood House, Soddy Daisy Food Bank, Jim Wilson Fund at Soddy Daisy Middle School, and Dallas Bay Fire Department.
Friday, Nov. 25
Gingerbread Workshops | Friday, Nov. 25 | Various times | Creative Discovery Museum, 321 Chestnut St., Chattanooga | $44-$55 | Decorate pre-built gingerbread houses, enjoy cookies and hot cocoa, and more — price includes museum admission.
Reindeer on the Riverfront & Lighted Boat Parade | Friday, Nov. 25 | 4-8 p.m. | Ross’s Landing, 100 Chestnut St., Chattanooga | Free+ | Get photos with Santa, visit live reindeer, take mini train rides, warm up by a fire pit + take in the lighted boat parade.
Whiskey Wonderland at JW Marriott Nashville | Friday, Nov. 25-Saturday, Dec. 31 | 5 p.m. | JW Marriott Nashville, 201 8th Ave South, Nashville | $10 | Grab a seat inside Whiskey Wonderland, an 18-ft. gingerbread distillery + bar to celebrate the spirit of the season with specialty cocktails — reservations now open.*
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Beginning at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23 and lasting through 6 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 28, TDOT will halt all construction-related lane closures for the Thanksgiving holiday.
All City of Chattanooga offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 24 + Friday, Nov. 25 for Thanksgiving. The collection of residential solid waste and recycling scheduled for Thursday will occuron Saturday, Nov. 26. Friday’s collection will occur as regularly scheduled.
Several organizations are partnering to study the civil legal system in Hamilton County and Tennessee. The study will work to identify solutions to facilitate the fair and efficient administration of justice + offer ideas to address problems facing plaintiffs and defendants who enter local courthouses. ⚖️ (The Pulse)
A new F45 location — a circuit and functional training gym — is set to open in NorthShore in late January. Memberships to the gym, which will be located in the Town and Country Center at 119 N. Market St., are available for purchase now.
UTC Professor Dr. Amir Alakaam’s Master of Public Health program received a $332,500 grant to improve the state’s public health information-delivery system. The curriculum developed through this project will be disseminated to health professionals and providers across the state. (University of Tennessee Chattanooga)
EPB + the Chattanooga Regional Homeless Coalition partnered to launchConnect For Good, to raise awareness about ways to help people get back into permanent housing. Through Connect For Good, folks are encouraged to donate to the Flexible Housing Fund, which helps people overcome housing barriers. ❤️
The Chattanooga Public Library is seeking volunteer docents for “Americans and the Holocaust,” a traveling exhibition from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. Volunteers are needed Monday-Saturday for the duration of the exhibition, and training will be provided — register here.
500+. That’s how many local Angels are still up for “adoption” for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. Learn more + adopt an Angel here.
Partnership for Families, Children and Adults is currently hiring for several positions. Open roles include director of grant strategy and compliance, lead court advocate, accounts payable clerk, and staff ASL interpreter, among others. Learn more + applyhere.
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