We’re thrilled to introduce you to this month’s featured member, *Parsley*. A contributor since 2005, Parsley moved from Pennsylvania to southeastern North Carolina with her husband, four sons and mini dachshund in 2010. We chatted with this Thanksgiving enthusiast about the upcoming holiday, her love of cooking and some of her favorite traditions.
You moved pretty recently. Any big food differences? I miss the pizza and bagel shops in Pennsylvania — it’s hard to get a decent bagel in North Carolina!
Food favorites? I am always trying new things, especially fruits and veggies, and ethnic foods. I love authentic Arabic, Middle Eastern and Mexican foods. I also LOVE shellfish — mainly fresh sea scallops.
What do you like to cook in the fall months? Soups, stews and anything with apples — Honeycrisp apples!
Tell us a bit about your family.When I lived in Pennsylvania I was a resident nurse. I met my husband while working in the ICU — I was an RN and he was in residency. He proposed to me on the beach and I was so surprised and excited that we almost lost the ring in the sand. I really enjoy cooking for him and our four children.
What do you do when you’re not cooking? I haven’t worked as an RN since we moved, so I got involved with our local county’s Humane Society and soon I was put in charge of creating and teaching a Pet Responsibility Education Program. I go to public schools and give lessons to fifth graders. Next thing I know, I got permission to get a mascot costume made for us. Yes: My alter ego is a dog named Speuter. Please spay and neuter your pets, people!
Thanksgiving is coming up. How do you celebrate? I used to host Thanksgiving for our extended family when we lived in Pennsylvania. We moved to North Carolina on Thanksgiving Day and it hasn’t been the same since. I still make the traditional Thanksgiving feast (Pennsylvania style), but now it’s just me, my husband and sons.
What does your typical Thanksgiving menu consist of? I like the side dishes best of all, especially Brussels sprouts. I stick to the basics like roasted turkey, Nana’s Pa Dutch Potato and Bread Filling, and sweet potatoes, but I do like to switch up some of the vegetable side dishes. No cooking disaster stories — yet!
What’s your favorite Food.com recipe? I stumbled upon Food.com after searching Google for a recipe with carrots and I’ve been here ever since. I have found tons of favorites over the years, but there are a few that I make so often that I have the recipes memorized. Some that I repeat the most are Blueberry Boy Bait, Chewy Mall Pretzels and Dill Pickle Dip.
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