5244355723 acce3c5bc0 A Taste of the Mitten

A Taste of the Mitten

Of all the things I miss about living in the Mitten, one of the biggest things is the cuisine.  I don’t mean the restaurants, although they are great too, I mean those recipes that get served on Grandma’s table at Thanksgiving or in Mom’s kitchen at Christmas.  I’ve tried to recreate some of my family’s recipes and, while they taste like home, it just isn’t the same without the ambiance of family.


Take Thanksgiving, for example.  Growing up, Thanksgiving always had a very set tradition.  You woke up in the morning and headed straight for the couch to watch the Detroit Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Meanwhile, my stepdad and mom were working furiously in the kitchen, preparing all kinds of delightful treats.  After Santa arrived and got the key to the city of Detroit from the Mayor, it was time to put on a cute outfit and get ready for company.  One by one family would start trickling in to our house, warm from the oven running and smelling like a slice of heaven.  It was always a great start to the holiday season.  Over the years the tradition has changed.  Family now goes to my aunt’s house instead of my parents’.  My stepdad is no longer on the Earth so the cooking is left up to someone else.  Being out of state, we don’t even go home for Thanksgiving anymore and save our travelling for Christmas time.  However, the taste of home still lives on.


My little family may be away from home but we keep the festivities going wherever we are stationed.  My husband and I both make recipes from our childhoods and we still have a lavish meal every Thanksgiving.  We don’t get the Detroit parade here but we look to find a different one on TV for our daughter to enjoy.  No matter where we live, we bring a taste of the Mitten State with us.


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To help you have a little bit of Michigan at your party, I’ve included my all-time favorite recipe for Thanksgiving.  Every year my mom makes a sweet potato casserole that can’t even be put into words.  It’s a recipe I adore and will make every year for my girls and it’s a recipe I would like to share with you for this holiday season.  Here’s to hoping your November is delicious and has a taste of Michigan no matter where you may live!



Mary Anne’s Sweet Potato Casserole


2 cans sweet potatoes

¼ cup butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 eggs

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon cinnamon

¼ cup brown sugar


Heat potatoes.  Put in bowl and mix with rest of ingredients.  Beat until fluffy.  Pour in buttered casserole dish (1 ½ – 2 quarts).


Top with:

1 cup (or more) pecan halves

¼ cup brown sugar

¼ cup melted butter

(I use more of all three!)


Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until heated through.




Kati Bethuy, Contributing Writer

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