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MAMAs Do! Thanksgiving Dinner

For those of you who are looking to try something new for Thanksgiving dinner, have no fear, MAMAs have got you covered. The board of the Mother Attorney Mentoring Association has come together to bring you an array of delectable delights for your Thanksgiving table. A very happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. And to those of you who cannot be with your loved ones, a special holiday blessing to you.



Sweet potato casserole with pecans and clementines:

Baked Cheese Grits

  • Bring 6 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth if you want to make it ovo-lacto-vegetarian friendly) to a boil.

  • Whisk in 2 cups grits (not instant).

  • Simmer until thick, about 10 minutes and take off the heat.

  • Beat 4 eggs with ½ cup milk.

  • Temper the hot mixture into the eggs by adding a half-cup to a cup of the grits to the eggs and milk and whisk, then add the egg mixture back into the grits and whisk.

  • Add 1 lb. grated sharp cheddar, ½ cup grated parmesan, and 1 stick butter, whisking until the cheese and butter are melted.

  • Pour into buttered casserole.

  • Bake at 350 until set, about 35-45 minutes.

Orange-Glazed Sweet Potatoes


  • 2 lbs. sweet potatoes, cut in half or quartered

  • 2/3 cup sugar

  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch

  • 1 tsp salt

  • ½ tsp. grated orange peel (optional)

  • 1 cup orange juice (pulp-free recommended)

  • 2 tbsp. butter or margarine


  • Preheat oven to 400° F.

  • Arrange sweet potatoes in 1 ½ quart casserole dish.

  • In small saucepan over medium heat, stir together sugar, cornstarch, salt, and orange peel.

  • Slowly stir in orange juice.

  • Add butter/margarine.

  • Boil and stir for 1 minute.

  • Pour over sweet potatoes.

  • Bake for 1 hour or until sweet potatoes are tender.

Spicy Creamed Corn :

“Vulgar” Rolls


2 cans crescent roll dough

1 8-oz. package cream cheese

1-1.25 lbs. sausage (chicken or pork, hot or sweet or a combination)

  • Cook sausage in skillet.

  • When cooked, mix in cream cheese.

  • Roll out crescent dough side-by-side and pinch the two sheets together, as well as the perforated lines in the sheets, to make one large rectangle.

  • Spread out the sausage/cream cheese mixture, then roll up the crescent dough to make one long round loaf.

  • Wrap in wax paper and chill for a few hours.

  • Remove wax paper, slice into rounds about ¾ in thick, and bake on a cookie sheet at 350 for 10-15 minutes or until browned.


Key Lime Pie Dip:

“Sinful” Brownies

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  • Flatten your favorite chocolate chip cookie dough (premade store bought works great) in a layer at the bottom of a 9 x 13 cake pan.

  • Take a box of Oreos (double stuff are great) and lay them in a flat single layer on top of the cookie dough. Get them as close together as you can without overlapping.

  • Mix up your favorite brownie mix and then pour the bowl of brownies over the top of the Oreo/cookie dough layers and spread to the edges of the pan.

  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

You can eat the gooey goodness right away with a spoon, or let cool for a couple of hours and it will be easier to cut into servings.

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