West Tisbury: Thanksgiving Lunch and Corn Pudding Recipe

It was cold this morning and the sky was a flat grey. It looked and felt like snow. The news showed a reporter standing amid swirling snowflakes in three feet of snow in Buffalo. It’s not likely to happen here, and it feels like it’s early winter even for Buffalo.

Mike started the fire and I’ve kept it going all day. We’re adjusting to our winter rituals, taking Abby out for a walk before she gets too dark, bringing firewood and kindling inside, building the fire, turning on the lights to brighten up the early evening.

I thought of a Thanksgiving many years ago when it snowed in West Tisbury. Mike had to pick everyone up and bring them here for our family dinner. His truck was the only family vehicle that had 4-wheel drive. That could have been the same year a house burned down on Thanksgiving. Or was it Christmas? So many days and vacations fade into the distant past.

Yesterday, Thursday, was the early Thanksgiving/Thanksgiving lunch at Howes House, officially the Up-Island Council on Aging. The three police departments in the north of the island cooked and served the food. Chief Randhi Belain and Sgt. Paul Manning came from Aquinnah. From Chilmark were Sgt. Sean Slavin and Officer Elizabeth Rogers. Our West Tisbury department was represented by Lt. Matt Gebo, Sgt. Brad Cortez, Officers Jeremie Rogers and Bradley Fielder, and Samantha Hollinger, who organized everything and everyone. Thanks to all of you.

Thank you, also, to everyone who donated food for the meal. We were treated to Chilmark Coffee, bread from Orange Peel Bakery, amazing produce and ham from Ghost Island Farm, Gray Barn Farm, Beetlebung Farm, North Tabor Farm, Wise Owl Farm, Morning Glory Farm, Cliffhangers, Cronig’s and Cash & Carry.

The food was delicious. They were all sent home with a container of leftovers for dinner. Hard to imagine there being any leftovers as the room was packed to bursting with tables for four around it. It was very nice to see many friends in their 30s or 40s. We have all aged together.

A very special and heartfelt thank you to everyone at Howes House. He made sure we all felt welcome and certainly well fed. The dining room looked very nice. I hope you all feel appreciated for your daily kindnesses and attention, and for keeping us all together. Joyce Albertine, Jennie Gadowski, Bethany Hammond, Susan Merrill, they are the best.

Here is my annual reprint of the corn pudding recipe:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Mix everything together:
½ stick of melted butter
2 beaten eggs
1 16-ounce can cream-style corn
1 16-ounce can corn kernels, drained
1 cup sour cream
1 9-ounce package Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix

Bake in a saucepan for 35 to 40 minutes, until the center is set.

This recipe is easy to double and is my favorite recipe for winter potlucks. Just bake a little longer, about an hour. I’ll bring it to our town party. Jen Rand sent an email saying that we will be meeting in Ag Hall this year on Thursday evening, December 8, 5-7pm. Contact Janice Haynes at 508 696-0100 or [email protected]. The library and municipal offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. I wish you all a beautiful Thanksgiving however you celebrate it, and even if you don’t celebrate it at all. May we all be thankful for something in our lives.

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