Let’s Talk Turkey!

Thanksgiving Day is the perfect time to remind one another of the many reasons there are to be grateful. This year, the Yalo Tribe shares our favorite recipes, traditions, and what we are most grateful for.

As a team of self professed foodies, it stands to reason that Thanksgiving is the quintessential time to channel our inner Julia Child. Here are our secret recipes… shhh Enjoy!

Good traditions are the bedrock of bonding. From breaking the wishbone to watching the parade here are our most treasured moments:

Ashley Davis

Our family tradition is every year at my granny’s. We all bring one side , and my dad is in charge of the turkey and ham! Every year I bring Mac – n – cheese. But don’t tell anyone. My recipe is Stouffers Mac – N – Cheese family size! And I add crackers and pepper to the top to make it look homemade!!

Kimi Frazier

We have a tradition of having two Thanksgiving dinners every year half Filipino food half southern food! Best of both worlds! We have both sides of the family gather and help cook and sometimes bring new recipes to the table.

Arnold Huffman

Making the entire Thanksgiving dinner for the family.. turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, deviled eggs, regular stuffing and jalapeno stuffing!

Brad Rehak

We always hosted Thanksgiving at my house growing up as it was my mom’s favorite holiday. I moved to SoCal in ’04 and had some fun ‘Friendsgiving’ gatherings pre-married days, haha. Since then me/wife/kids have done a few different things but no steadfast traditions.

Denise Brilliant

We always start the day by watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Dinner is early – around 1 or 2pm so the food coma can have an appropriate amount of time. Eating, drinking, board games, naps, and laughs followed by cozy jammies and It’s A Wonderful Life!

Kate Castrovince

Family football game after dinner, before dessert!

Here are a few creative, funny, and meaningful Thanksgiving traditions to start this year.

  • Volunteer as a family
  • Take a post-meal walk together
  • Do Thanksgiving potluck style
  • Reenact the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving 
  • Turn the Thanksgiving meal into a turkey trot
  • Dine in Holiday Themed pajamas
  • Start a sharing circle
  • Make a gratitude jar
  • Do a themed menu
  • Create a scavenger hunt
  • Interview older relatives

Thanksgiving marks an important season for all of us to take a moment and remember the little things in life—and every little thing we’re thankful for.

Josh Robinson

Thankful for a new working family!

Lance Shoulders

I am thankful my father lives in Atlanta now!

Kate Castrovince

I am thankful for my healthy and happy kids who bring me the greatest joy … more than I ever knew possible! And, for my handsome husband who’s made my dreams come true! And, for my parents, sister and her fam, and my twin brother who make up the BFE (Best Family Ever)!

Cline Bates

I’m thankful for the Falcons beating the Saints “again” this season.

In the end we may not have it all together, but together, we have it all! Happy Thanksgiving!! 🦃