Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends. Love and miss you all, but especially my sister of the skillet Dr Caroline Frick!

Something that rang true to me as a childless spinster, was something I read many years ago. When you don’t have children, you have to make your own traditions. Well, this is now an official tradition. There was no Thanksgiving shindig at Battenburg Belle’s this year for complicated reasons, so I celebrated alone with Jack’s casserole.  I am going to make this EVERY year for Thanksgiving.  That’s a promise.

Here’s how to make it if you are in the UK.  It’s a 3 ingredient, super simple but surprisingly tasty WONDER for your heaving Thanksgiving table!  Or anytime really.

1 tin of green beans, drained
1 can of mushroom soup (you won’t quite need all of it)
75g crispy onions (you can get these in plastic tubs from most big supermarkets)

Put the beans in a 9×9 inch lasagne dish – or whatever ovenproof dish you have that’s about that size. Pour the mushroom soup over to just cover.

Sprinkle the crispy onions on top. Bake for 20 minutes in a preheated 200 degrees C in a non-fan oven (a bit lower if you are using a fan – maybe 180?)

Eat with a spoon on the sofa with The Magnificent Seven on in the background thinking of all the things there is to give thanks for.

Yes, I am thankful for Yul Brynner of course.  But also for me: my parents in good health, the light of my life that is Mr Rathbone, my good and true friends of which I have very, very many.  My day job which I love, the Palace of Solitude which continues to give me great joy despite the clutter, my lovely little life with all its ups and downs, and all my creative outlets, my favourite of which is this blog.

I am lucky and I am thankful for all the wonderful things I have in my life.

Here endeth the soppy stuff.

Wherever you are, whoever you are with, I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving.


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