When Sue Grabowski thinks about Thanksgiving, she thinks big. Her father is one of 12 brothers and sisters—the children of the late Walter and Jessie Doerschuk—who have spent turkey day together for at least 60 years. As the family grew, so did the meal.
The secret is in the sugar, or at least it is in the Reusser family. When it comes to making pumpkin pie, no one does it better than Marlene Reusser of Perry Township, with the exception of her daughter, Marjean Watson of Massillon, who has taken over the family tradition of baking the Thanksgiving pies.
“I love the nostalgia of food and the memories it brings back,” said Julie Pryce, executive chef for 91 Restaurant Group. Not surprisingly, Thanksgiving is Pryce’s favorite food holiday to celebrate with her family.
Thanksgiving was a major Mexican family affair for Rob Tamez during his boyhood in San Antonio, Texas. “The whole family got together at our house,” said Tamez, the chef at Loby’s Bar & Grille in Jackson Township.
The Varonis family of North Canton was practicing the Mediterranean diet before it was popular. “Since there are many fast days in the Greek Orthodox church that mean abstaining from meat—or meat, fish and dairy—cooking ‘vegan’ is nothing new,” said Litsa Varonis.