From Our Table to Yours!

One of the most anticipated aspects of the holidays is the delicious food we share together. Not only do the smells and tastes of these dishes warm our thoughts all year long, but the family recipes make us feel like we are at home, no matter where we are. From traditional turkeys, to tasty side dishes, fresh rolls, cranberry sauce and desserts, these delights are just days away.

Since family recipes are unrivaled, this year our staff wants to share some of our favorite recipes with you!

To begin, since turkey is the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving table, it seems like the ideal place to start!


Mary Grace’s Juicy Thanksgiving Turkey with Gravy

2 Tbs dried Parsley

2 Tbs ground dried rosemary

2 Tbs rubbed dried sage

2 Tbs dried thyme leaves

1 Tbs lemon pepper

1 Tbs salt

1 (15 pound) whole turkey, neck and giblets removed

2 stalks of celery, chopped

1 orange, cut into wedges

1 white onion, chopped

1 carrot, chopped

1 (14.5 oz) can of chicken broth

1 ( 750 milliliter) bottle of champagne or dry white wine.

After you’ve collected the assorted ingredients, follow these directions for turkey perfection!

1. preheat an oven to 350. Line a turkey roaster with long sheets of aluminum foil that will be long enough to wrap over the turkey.

2. Stir together the parsley, rosemary,sage,thyme, lemon pepper, and salt in a small bowl. Rub the herb mixture into the cavity of the turkey, then stuff with the celery, orange, onion , and carrot. Truss if desired, and place the turkey into the roasting pan. Pour the chicken broth and champagne, or wine, over the turkey, and seal.  Try to keep the foil from touching the skin of the turkey breast or legs.

3. Bake the turkey in the oven for 2 and 1/2, to 3 hours until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear. Uncover the turkey, and continue baking until the skin turns golden brown, 30 minutes to 1 hour longer.  An instant read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone should read 180 degrees. Remove the turkey from the oven, keep covered with aluminum foil and allow to rest in a warm area 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.

4. Drain leftover turkey juices with a fine strainer. Discard the herbs and veggies and transfer the liquid into a sauce pan. Bring the leftover turkey juice to a gentle boil and add 1 teaspoon of cornstarch to the pan, stirring constantly until it begins to thicken.  Continue adding small amounts of cornstarch, 1 teaspoon at a time, until you get the desired gravy thickness of your choice. Serve and enjoy.

Photo by: Gleny's Rome and Beyond

Photo by: Gleny's Rome and Beyond

There are many ways to enjoy a turkey this Thanksgiving, we hope Mary Grace’s family recipe will create wonderful new traditions in your family!

Next we will feature a few side dishes to compliment your turkey and thrill your guests!


Matt Ferguson’s Squash Casserole

2 cups squash

3/4 stick of butter

2 eggs

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 small can of evaporated milk

1/4 to 1/2 tsp of salt

1/8 tsp of black pepper

1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese

1.5 cup crushed Ritz crackers

Cook squash and onion in boiling water until tender. Drain and mash. Allow to cool, then mix the butter, eggs, evaporated milk, salt, pepper and cheese. Pour into 9x13 glass dish. Top with crackers. Bake at 350 for 30 to 45 minutes.

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Cribb Family Sweet Potato Casserole

Casserole Ingredients:

5-6 cups mashed, peeled sweet potatoes

1 cup sugar

1 stick of butter

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1/3 cup of milk

Topping Ingredients

1 cup brown sugar

¼ cup flour

2 ½ Tbs chopped butter

1 cup crushed pecans

1)   Boil sweet potatoes until fork tender. Mash them.

2)   Mix in the stick of butter while it melts, add sugar, milk, vanilla and eggs.

3)   Put in a casserole dish of your choice, but not larger than a 13x9.

Crumble toppings together and spread on top, place in the oven and bake on 350 for 20 minutes.  

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Side dishes are the best! We are excited for you to try these recipe this year! Now, let’s move to the most delicious, most anticipated event...Dessert!


Chrysty Knolwes’ Cranberry Pie

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup white sugar

¼ tsp salt

2 cups cranberries

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1/2 cup butter, melted

2 eggs

1 tsp almond extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease one 9 inch pie pan.

Combine the flour, sugar, and salt. Stir in the cranberries and the walnuts, and toss to coat. Stir in the butter, beaten eggs, and almond extract. Spread the batter into the prepared pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted near the center comes out clean. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.  

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Ferguson Family Cool Whip Pie

1/4 cup lemon juice

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1 small can of crushed pineapple

1 cup chopped pecans


Mix all the ingredients and pour into two 8" graham cracker crust pies. Refrigerate 2 hours before serving. 

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Wow, what a delightful looking Thanksgiving Day spread! We want to offer a special thanks to our staff for providing these delicious recipes! We hope these traditional favorites will bless your table this holiday season, but more than anything, we want to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Get!Downtown with Lynchburg's Finest!

Grab your wallet, your sense of adventure and bring your appetite because September 9th is Get!Downtown Lynchburg.

Get!Downtown Street Festival is the perfect way to say farewell to summer with an outdoor party for the whole town. All of the downtown shops, plus vendors and schools from central and western Virginia come together to provide food, handmade items, games, performances and we are just getting started.

On Main Street and Church Street, the magic begins at 6pm and continues until 9pm! With so much to do and see, you won’t believe what Get!Downtown has to offer!

Food: I hope you’re hungry! From gyros to barbecue sandwiches and burgers to pizza, you don’t want to miss these tasty treats. Favored Flavors will be providing a tasting by a professional chef to unveil some of their scrummy delights using their flavor infused oils, vinegars, and savory sea salts. You do not want to miss this gourmet experience!

                                                         Favored Flavors Balsamic Vinegar

                                                         Favored Flavors Balsamic Vinegar

Sweets: Already had dinner? No problem, you’re just in time for dessert! You’ll find funnel-cakes, freshly baked goods, kettle-corn, ice cream and the local favorite, Mama Crockett’s with their delicious cider doughnuts. So many tasty options are available, there is sure to be something that will satisfy your sweet tooth!

                                                         Mama Crockett's Cider Doughnuts

                                                         Mama Crockett's Cider Doughnuts

Activities: As you stroll down Main Street you’ll see a myriad of performances highlighting local talent. Dance teams are a must at Get!Downtown and are moving and grooving throughout the evening. In addition, Miller-Motte school provides a safe haven from the crowd, just when you thought it couldn’t get better, you could score a free 5 minute massage!

Handcrafted Items: If you’re looking for that perfect gift for someone you love, or that signature piece that represents you, be sure to keep your eyes open for wood work and drawings, paintings and more. Featured will be handcrafted pieces by Royal Obsession Jewelry that will inspire you to dream! Make sure you stop by this booth to see one of a kind items for both men and women! Additionally, Elegant and Royal Collection will be represented and providing their unique designs and matchless creations.

                                                                 Royal Obsession Jewelry

                                                                 Royal Obsession Jewelry

A warm evening, your favorite vendors, a cold drink in your hand and your people by your side, what could be better? If you’re looking for something fun to do next Friday, grab a friend and Get!Downtown!


Written by Anna Cribb