There are two ways to celebrate Thanksgiving. One is with gracious decorum in which well-dressed guests arrive at your house to join you and your well-washed and well-behaved family for a grand feast at an elegantly-set table. The food you serve is gourmet and as impressive in appearance as taste. If you seek recipes for squash for such a Thanksgiving meal, I recommend these cookbooks: the Wisconsin Country Gourmet, The Northwoods Table, and the Madison Originals Cookbook: A collection of recipes from Madison Originals Restaurants. You are sure to find a cornucopia of elegant squash recipes in these gourmet cookbooks. If this is how you celebrate Thanksgiving, then the entertainment is the meal itself. You’ve no need of silly party games. I used to celebrate Thanksgiving like this, but that was BC (before children).

Today, I celebrate Thanksgiving in a more relaxed style. The dress-code is casual, the table child-proofed, and if the kids are well-washed, well, that’s good enough. The meal is thoroughly enjoyed, but it is hardly the day’s entertainment. Sure, the football game in the background amuses some of the guests, but it won’t hold the constructive attention of them all. I need cheap party games for a really good Thanksgiving time. So I’ve come up with a few. Click on “continue reading…” to see what I’ve planned and a variety of recipes for Thanksgiving squash.

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