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Wilton Families Cook Up Turkey, Sushi For Thanksgiving

The Craven Family of Wilton prepares for Thanksgiving. Eric Craven, left, is ready to cook the family turkey while siblings David and Amanda Craven prep to make cornbread dressing. Their sister Elizabeth, far right, is opening the Polish Barley.
The Craven Family of Wilton prepares for Thanksgiving. Eric Craven, left, is ready to cook the family turkey while siblings David and Amanda Craven prep to make cornbread dressing. Their sister Elizabeth, far right, is opening the Polish Barley. Photo Credit: Claire Craven

WILTON, Conn. – It’s Thanksgiving Day, and people in Wilton are set to enjoy a day full of football, fun and a whole lot of food.

Many of those plates of food will include turkey, the usual centerpiece for a Thanksgiving feast. But some families are cooking their birds in different ways. Some are taking to the grill instead of the oven. Some have purchased deep fryers to try a crisp on the outside, juicy on the inside taste. Some have even tried brining their birds before cooking.

Claire Craven and her family are keeping it simple and classic, cooking their turkey in an oven, using a stuffing recipe from her husband’s great-grandmother and cornbread dressing from her great-grandmother cooked outside of the bird.

“We’re pretty traditional,” she said. “We add in sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows, Le Sueur peas, cranberry salad, mashed potatoes and scratch rolls. Mmm mmm!”

Some people don’t even bother cooking a turkey. Wilton Daily Voice reader Andy Schlesinger planned to go as far away from tradition as possible. “Sushi. Saves hours of prep,” he said.

How did you cook your bird this year? Tell us by sending an email to mmason@dailyvoice.com. You can also include a picture of your turkey before it is served.

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