Every fall a few hundred students remain on campus over Thanksgiving, celebrating the American holiday with their Grinnell family.

Many international students join their host families for Thanksgiving dinner. Some, like members of the Student Organization of Latinas/os, cook their own feasts.

Most of the rest will enjoy a traditional American feast prepared by the dining staff before they head home to spend the evening with their own families. A wide-variety of choices means no one goes away hungry.

Traditional delights will include:

  • Local roasted turkey (halal turkey available)
  • Sage dressing
  • Homemade turkey gravy
  • Mashed redskin potatoes
  • Roasted root vegetables with pearl onions
  • Corn pudding with mushrooms and ham
  • Cider-glazed sweet potatoes
  • Cranberry relish
  • Pomegranate & persimmon salad
  • Golden glow salad
  • Winter greens with pomegranate
  • Quinoa and wild rice squash with nuts
  • Parker house rolls
  • Sweet potato pie
  • Pumpkin pie with whipped topping

This year’s holiday dinner includes a nod to “Thanksgivukkah” — the once in a lifetime overlap of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah — with Manischewitz-marinated turkey and mashed potatoes with horseradish.

Executive Chef Scott Turley reminds anyone cooking their own turkey to start thawing it early. Plan ahead and thaw it in the refrigerator for three days, not in the kitchen sink.

Have a great Thanksgiving wherever you may be!

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