Kathie Lee Gifford shares Thanksgiving traditions: From prayer to ‘old style’ meals

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Kathie Lee Gifford shares Thanksgiving traditions: From prayer to 'old-fashioned' food

2022-11-23 12:30:35

Kathie Lee Gifford shared how she carries on her favourite household traditions whereas celebrating Thanksgiving.

Forward of the vacation, the 69-year-old tv character welcomed Fox Information Digital into her dwelling in Nashville, Tennessee for an unique take a look at her vacation preparations.

Gifford mentioned that she was “really grateful” to reside in Nashville, the place she moved 4 years in the past, explaining that it was “the correct place for this season of my life.”

“And I feel that brings me to Thanksgiving, which is my favourite vacation of the entire yr,” she added.

The previous “At present” host continued, “I take pleasure in all of them. However this one has all the time been my favourite. I feel that is as a result of it is about gratitude.”

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Gifford informed Fox Information Digital that the vacation additionally has particular which means as a result of she makes all of the dishes that her late mom, Joan Epstein, taught her to prepare dinner.

“I do all of the cooking, and it is the one day of the yr that I really prepare dinner,” she mentioned. 

“I received kicked out of Sunday college, I received kicked out of the [Girl Scouts] Brownies and I received kicked out of the America’s Junior Miss Pageant. So, you already know, I do not like guidelines, however I’d be a idiot to not make what my mom made each Thanksgiving flawlessly.”

— Kathie Lee Gifford

“I’ve by no means been an excellent prepare dinner,” Gifford admitted. “However you already know who was an excellent prepare dinner?  My mother. My mother was an unbelievable prepare dinner. She could not boil water when she was 19 and received married, however she realized to be a tremendous prepare dinner. So she taught me and my sister and my brother all of her wonderful recipes.”

The TV veteran added that she faithfully follows her mom’s recipes to a T. “I am not normally a rule keeper,” she mentioned. “I do not prefer to observe guidelines.” 

“I received kicked out of Sunday college, I received kicked out of the [Girl Scouts] Brownies and I received kicked out of the America’s Junior Miss Pageant. So, you already know, I do not like guidelines, however I’d be a idiot to not make what my mom made each Thanksgiving flawlessly.”

Gifford raved about her mom’s turkey and her “wonderful” sage and sausage stuffing. “I do not eat pork anymore. So now I make it with hen or turkey sausage,” she mentioned.

Different Thanksgiving dishes embrace her mom’s “unbelievable yam souffle” and her mashed potatoes and gravy. “Excuse me. Put them up towards anyone on the planet,” she mentioned.

“They’re probably not mashed potatoes. They’re whipped. You already know what I am saying? Who does not love a superb whipped potatoes? And her gravy? Old style manner.” 

She continued, “Simply add within the flour as you go alongside. None of this additional thrown stuff, it is all produced from the juices of the turkey.”

“I by no means invite folks that I do not completely love, and I by no means attempt to miss a chance to ask someone who does not have a spot to go.”

— Kathie Lee Gifford

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Gifford mentioned she likes to stand up early to prepare dinner and fill her home with the scents of a Thanksgiving meal. “I like to overcook the whole lot,” she added. “Not overcooked by temperature, however overcook what we want as a result of I like to reside on it for the following week and I like to pattern it as I am cooking.”

The morning present veteran informed Fox Information Digital that she retains her gatherings to about eight to 10 company. “What I like essentially the most about Thanksgiving is that it is small and intimate,” she defined. “I do not ever have large bash Thanksgivings.”

The “God of the Means” creator continued,I by no means invite folks that I do not completely love, and I by no means attempt to miss a chance to ask someone who does not have a spot to go.”

Gifford shared that her late father, Aaron Epstein, had a beneficiant Thanksgiving custom that she has carried on. “My daddy used to carry individuals dwelling nearly each Thanksgiving,” she recalled. 

“He labored for The Washington Put up in Maryland, and he had very, very early rounds. And it was not unusual in any respect for my father to find very early within the morning, someone on the facet of the street who’d damaged down or someone that missed their bus or a bit outdated girl.”

“There have been all the time tales, all the time tales,” she mentioned. “And we used to tease, ‘I ponder who Daddy goes to carry dwelling at this time?’ However I grew up with dad and mom who taught me how vital that’s, that when you are counting your blessings, all the time concentrate on those that haven’t any blessings to depend. After which be that blessing to them. So I like to try this too.”

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She continued, “I check the temperature with a few of my associates and go, ‘Have you ever been invited anyplace proper now?’ I’ve a good friend whose marriage is breaking apart. And I simply requested her the opposite day, and she or he mentioned, ‘I haven’t got a spot to go but.’

“And I mentioned, ‘Oh yeah, you do.'”

The Daytime Emmy Award winner mentioned that she begins each Thanksgiving dinner with a prayer.
(Photograph by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Photos)

Gifford’s religion additionally performs an vital position in her Thanksgiving celebrations. The Daytime Emmy Award winner mentioned that she begins each dinner with a prayer. “After which we all the time go across the desk and ask, ‘What are you most grateful for this yr and what are you wanting ahead to within the subsequent yr?’”

Gifford continued, “I’ve present in my life…when you begin day-after-day with prayer and finish it with prayer and say prayers all day lengthy, the Bible says pray with out ceasing. And the way will we do this? You make your life a prayer.”

“After which we all the time go across the desk and ask, ‘What are you most grateful for this yr and what are you wanting ahead to within the subsequent yr?’”

— Kathie Lee Gifford

“After which the Bible additionally says, what’s it that the Lord needs of you?” she continued. “And I feel we must always all take into consideration this each single day. He needs us to behave justly, love mercy, and stroll humbly together with your God.”

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“Think about a world like that if we did simply that and that alone, what a very completely different world we have been residing in.”

Gifford additionally had a particular message for her followers. “Blissful Thanksgiving, everyone,” she mentioned. “I need to want you all a blessed vacation. I pray that you just’re protected, you are comfortable, you are wholesome.” 

“I pray that you’re going to be well-fed and that you just would possibly open up your desk to someone who possibly hasn’t had a meal shortly or definitely hasn’t been invited to a ravishing feast.”

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