Thanksgiving And The Trimmings

During the time my Abuela lived in Tijuana,  the holidays were a for sure trip across La Frontera.  It was like an adventure for our little family of 5 when my dad would join us.  Most of the time it was just my mom, my sister, my brother and myself.  On many of those trips, my aunt Mela would join us.  We would wake up at the crack of dawn, pile up in the car and make our way down the 405 FRWY.  We always made a stop in San Clemente at the rest area.  There were food trucks with all the junk food I was never allowed to eat.  My sister Eloisa (AKA Eli), loved the nachos with jalapeños they sold.  The mornings were so cold and the hot, melted cheese would hit the spot. NACHOS FOR BREAKFAST!?!?!   My mom was and still is a health freak and to this day I wonder why on earth she would allow us to have nachos for breakfast.  But boy were they disgustingly good!

After the short pit stop, we were back on the road knowing we were half way to Tijuana.  Once I could see the huge Mexican Flag and the “MEXICO” sign from the distance, I would get so excited and anxious.  We would get the hand gesture to cross and my mom (usually the driver) would switch into a ferocious-agressive Tijuanera driver.  We held on to our chonis for dear life.  We managed to always get safely to our destination by the grace of God!

Most Thanksgivings, my mom would cook the turkey the night before and we would take it to Tijuana and take extra ingredients to make some side dishes.  As my aunt’s family grew, they would all make their way to Tijuana as well and each family would bring something to add to the feast.  They were great times.  My Abuelo was alive, my sister was alive, my uncle Jose was alive, my dad was still living at home and we all gathered to say a prayer of Thanksgiving and enjoy a delicious feast with an extensive variety of trimmings.  Even my Tio Jose and Abuelo would join in on the cooking.

This year not only will my Abuelo be missing but my sister and my Tio Jose will be added to that list.  We will always have those wonderful memories in our hearts and minds for years to come and will always be able to retell of our fun, adventurous and sometimes unbelievable stories because in the kitchen and on the dinner table we all made tons of personal memories.  May this Thanksgiving be filled with joy, laughter, blessings and family as you make your own memories.

Con mucho amor,
Silvia Salas-Sanchez


Mi Familia
(My sister missing and a few cousins)

*** I’ve compiled a list below of all of our Thanksgiving recipes for you to consider as you plan your meal.  Enjoy!

Green Beans With Chorizo:

Chorizo Stuffing:

Candied Yams

Pumpkin Empanadas:

Cheesy Green Bean Casserole:

Juicy Turkey:

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Calabaza Enmielada:

Pumpkin Tamales:

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds:

Turkey Tamal:

Pork Leg in Adobo:

Sweet Potato and Marshmallow Casserole:

White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Bread Pudding:

Mashed Potatoes Con Longaniza Y Queso Oaxaca:

BBQ Meatballs: 

Pie De Camote:

Pavo En Adobo:

Pumpkin Cupcakes:

Chicken and Apple Salad:

Turkey in Adobo Sauce:

Pumpkin Cake:

ChocoEnchiladas Popcorn:

Pineapple Upside Down Cake:

Chicken Pibil:

  1. Nancy said:

    Ms. Silvia, you need to write a book about your family! I am always so touched when I read your blog and so want to know more.

  2. Elma said:

    Thank You for sharing all the great recipes. Que Dios lo bendiga!

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