Thanksgiving – it’s the unofficial start of a busy holiday season. It’s also one of our very favorite holidays. There is nothing that makes us happier than gathering family and friends around the table to share food, love, and gratitude.

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We’d like to help make your Thanksgiving the best ever, starting with tips for making your holiday less stressed and more delicious.

Let’s start with our Top 10 Thanksgiving Dinner Tips from our families to yours.

Jenni Tilton-Flood1. Plan ahead. Dairy farming is busy work, so I start Thanksgiving dinner prep days ahead of time. I have all my sides ready by the day before so dinner on the big day isn’t rushed. ~Jenni Tilton-Flood, Flood Brothers Farm


Jenni Tilton-Flood

 Wendy Scherer

2. Get the right bird. My family likes Thanksgiving leftovers as much as the meal, so I cook two turkeys. This works better for us than one huge bird, because…drumsticks! There’s always plenty left over for sandwiches, turkey mac and cheese, turkey hash – you get the idea. ~Wendy Scherer, Social Media Manager


Rachael Clark3. Set the table. Nothing gets me in the Thanksgiving spirit like a beautifully decorated table. I like to use elements from nature – gourds, fall leaves, mums for a festive tablescape that makes the occasion truly special. ~Rachael Clark, Social Media & Community

Martha Stewart

Nate Formalarie4. Set the mood. I’m in charge of setting the mood at my Thanksgiving celebration, choosing the music and the libations. I make sure to have a selection of wine and beer to pair with the meal as well as a signature mocktail – like a sparkling cider punch – for younger diners. ~Nate Formalarie, Brand Communications Manager

Spiced Wine from Nutmeg Nanny

Beth Kennett5. Nip pre-meal hunger in the bud. My family’s day starts really early so appetites are often worked up before dinner is served. I love to make these Vermont Cheddar Gougeres with Smoked Salmon Filling to serve to my hungry farmers before the bird is on the table. ~Beth Kennett, Liberty Hill Farm

Vermont Cheddar Gougeres with Smoked Salmon Filling

Averill Earls6. Get in on a secret. I have a secret for getting perfectly crisp skin on my Thanksgiving turkey. Put it in the refrigerator uncovered overnight. The result will be moist meat and delicious, crispy skin. ~Averill Earls, Social Media & Community


 Regan Miller Jones

7. Keep it cool. Because there’s limited oven space on Thanksgiving Day, I like to include at least one cold or room temperature side dish on the menu. This Broccoli Salad with Cabot Cheddar and Bacon is a family favorite at Thanksgiving…or any time of the year. ~Regan Jones, Nutrition Consultant

Broccoli Salad with Cabot Cheddar & Bacon

Sara Wing8. Make it light and sweet. I love dessert, but at Thanksgiving, when the main course is the star of the show, I like to end the meal with something sweet but light, like these Krebs Organic Dairy Farm’s Blueberry-Lemon Cheesecake Squares. I cut the pieces in different sizes from bite sized to generous to suit any appetite. ~Sara Wing, Nutrition & Health

Krebs Organic Dairy Farm’s Blueberry-Lemon Cheesecake Squares

Candace Karu9. Walk it off. Part of my family’s Thanksgiving tradition is taking a long walk to the beach after dinner but before cleanup. We bundle up (it’s usually pretty chilly in Maine on Thanksgiving Day), grab the dogs and walk off some off those T-day calories. It is a great way to end a lovely meal. ~Candace Karu, Cabot’s Favorite Foodie


10. Express gratitude. Have paper and pencils for everyone to write what each person is thankful for. Save these notes of gratitude in a jar to treasure over the years. ~Happy Thanksgiving from the Farm Families who own Cabot and the Cabot staffers who work with them!

Peckham - Elm Farm

Try any of these seven seriously delicious side dishes – the perfect complement to your Thanksgiving turkey.

It’s true that turkey is usually the star of the Thanksgiving Day meal, but the supporting cast is every bit as important in making your holiday dinner a success.  We can help you create tasty, wholesome accompaniments to you holiday meal. Here are seven of our favorites:

1. Here’s our take on a Thanksgiving classic. Try our Cheddar Green Bean Casserole for a slightly different – and completely scrumptious – version of an old favorite.

Cheddar Green Bean Casserole

2. What would Thanksgiving be without mashed potatoes? Cabot wants to help you take yours up a notch with these Greek Yogurt Mashed Potatoes. The tangy yogurt gives these taters a smooth creaminess and adds a little extra protein as a bonus!

Greek Yogurt Mashed Potatoes

3. How about something a little different on the mashed potato scene for your holiday dinner? Our Golden Mashed Party Potatoes feature both Yukon Gold and sweet potatoes, giving this dish its golden glow. The recipe also adds Cabot Cream Cheese, Light Cheddar, and Light Sour Cream for a trifecta of deliciousness.

Golden Mashed Party Potatoes

4. For a different – and more sophisticated take – on Thanksgiving potatoes you might want to try Echo Farm’s Au Gratin Potatoes with Cheddar-Stout Sauce. This divine recipe features a swoonworthy blend of cheddar cheese, porter beer, and baked potatoes. Keep the recipe handy when you serve this dish. Your guests are going to want it for their own.

Echo Farm's Au Gratin Potatoes with Cheddar-Stout Sauce

5. Most people don’t think “cabbage” when it comes to Thanksgiving dinner, but we love this inventive and satisfying recipe for Cheesy Cabbage Sauté. It combines fresh cabbage with sweet onions, fresh herbs and that magic ingredient – Cabot Alpine Cheddar from the Farmers Legacy Collection. You’re going to thank us for this one!

Cheesy Cabbage Sauté

6. If there are young people at your Thanksgiving table, or if anyone there is young at heart, you can’t go wrong serving this Macaroni & Cheese Baked in a Pumpkin. It’s the most fantastic side dish and a perfect table decoration all in one.

Mac & Cheese Baked in a Pumpkin

7. Bread pudding is a seasonal favorite and Cabot’s Savory Bread Pudding is a crowd-pleaser from the word go. It’s loaded with vegetables for a wholesome, flavorful dish everyone will want to dig into.

Savory Bread Pudding

Here are a few more of our favorites:

Special Occasion Cheese Board:

Special Occasion Cheese Board

Hot Italian Cheddar Dip:

Hot Italian Cheddar Dip

Roasted Garlic Cheddar Cheese Sauce:

Roasted Garlic Cheddar Cheese Sauce

Bacon Cheddar Cheese Sauce:

Bacon Cheddar Cheese Sauce

Pumpkin Pie:

Pumpkin Pie

For lots more recipes for your Thanksgiving dinner, go to the recipe section of the Cabot website.

If you would like to learn more about Cabot Creamery Cooperative, get more delicious recipes, or take a virtual tour of some of our 1,000 farm families, click here. If you find a recipe that you love on our site, please rate and review it – we appreciate your feedback!

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Candace Karu reports on all there is to discover and love about food and farming as well as communicating Cabot’s mission to support community, volunteerism, and sustainability. Whether online, on air, or in person, her job is to amplify the passion and commitment of the 1,000 farm families who own Cabot. When Candace is not representing Cabot, she lives, cooks, and works out in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

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