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Making the Most of Thanksgiving in CT – 2020

It may be tempting to adopt a Scrooge-like attitude about Thanksgiving this year, as COVID-19 continues to grip the nation. For many, the folks around the Thanksgiving dinner table will be fewer in number this fourth Thursday of November. Maybe that means trading the traditional 22-pound turkey for a ten-pounder and choosing which two of the usual six pies to prepare. Could be the tech-savvy in the family have arranged for a virtual meet-up, which, although not as good as being together in person, will have to suffice during this challenging time.

While the traditions may have to be adjusted, and some prodding may be needed to muster an attitude of gratitude, a positive approach coupled with a shot of resourcefulness and a dash of determination can make this Thanksgiving memorable.

Thanks to the ingenuity of local event planners, Connecticuters (Nutmeggers or Connecticutians, if you prefer) whose past Thanksgiving traditions have included lacing up a pair of sneakers for a road race will be pleased to discover that several Connecticut turkey trots gone virtual. Check out the details below and get in on the fun.

And what would Thanksgiving weekend be without the sparkle of lights announcing the Christmas holiday season? Thankfully, many displays across the state will light up as usual, such as the drive-thru holiday display, Magic of Lights at the Toyota Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford. The exhibition will be open November 13th – January 2nd, 2021, from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. each evening, closed on New Year’s Eve.

The socially-distanced, family-friendly drive-thru festival of holiday lights is spread over a 1-2 mile course. It features the magic of twinkling lights, a 200-foot light tunnel, and over 40 holiday scenes. The entire family is sure to enjoy. The staff will guide guests through the winding roads of this easy-to-navigate holiday adventure.

With things being a bit topsy-turvy anyway, why not introduce a new dish into the turkey day menu? This tried-and-true recipe dresses up everyone’s favorite root vegetable, the sweet potato, and may even appeal to those who usually pass on this Thanksgiving tradition.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Potatoes mixture:
3 cups mashed sweet potatoes
1 cup maple syrup (or brown sugar)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup cream (or whole milk)
1/2 cup melted butter

1/2 cup maple syrup or brown sugar
1/3 cup flour (may sub a GF alternative)
1/3 cup melted butter
2 cup chopped pecans

Combine the first six ingredients. Pour into a buttered 1 1/2 to 2-quart casserole dish. Mix remaining ingredients and sprinkle over the top. Bake at 350° for 30 to 40 minutes, until hot and browned.
Serves 6 to 8.

This recipe can easily be halved, doubled, or tripled to accommodate any sized Thanksgiving Day dinner crowd.

From the team at A.R. Mazzotta to you, the fine folks and businesses across the great state of Connecticut, we wish you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday.