Ask JohnHart is a recurring piece, cooked up by yours truly, that peels back the curtain of this second family of mine to showcase the personality of the people of this real estate company. I want to give our readers and visitors to our website a behind-the-scenes look at the people of JohnHart. From our agents to our staff members, the people of JohnHart are great, varied, and spread across 9 different offices in the Los Angeles area.
First up, Thanksgiving. That time of the year when families and friends gather to eat, drink, and be merry. Whether you’re dreaming about a day full of football on the couch or bustling about the kitchen whipping up delicious food — Turkey Day is beautiful American holiday, a veritable food fiesta. Here are some of the favorite dishes (appetizers, entrees, side dishes, and desserts), as chosen by the people of JohnHart. Enjoy!
Perfect Thanksgiving Manhattan
by Marc Gross
The holidays can be stressful for any number of reasons. This simple-to-build classic will keep you warm and fuzzy and ready to deal with the “craziest of the crazy uncles” in any circumstance. This drink really epitomizes the holidays for me. I remember my step dad mixing them for his parents and teaching me how to do it so he could get back to the turkey. Later in life, it became a source of bonding among my brothers and I when I would visit home for the holidays. It really will keep you warm on those cold NYC nights in November & December. After a few, the laughs start coming a little easier, the smiles grow wider, and the spirits work their magic.
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Turkey Bacon Deviled Eggs
by Chrissy Rodriguez
Those who know me say I can be a little “extra,” so this is my holiday all time classic with the “extra” twist! Classic recipe topped with shredded cheese and turkey bacon, drizzled with sour cream, and garnished with a sprinkle of chives and cayenne pepper. Devilishly delicious. Happy holidays! 🙂
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by Amanda Pndlyan
This traditional appetizer dish in my family is called Julienne. This has been my favorite since I was a kid, since I am a cheese lover. In my family, we make it without onions because I am severely allergic (don’t get any ideas). It’s a warm dish that almost anyone can love and enjoy. It’s simple yet very hearty. In my eyes, you can never go wrong with Julienne.
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Arroz con Pollo
by Dorian Zuleta
My favorite family dish that brings back great memories is Arroz con Pollo, which translates to rice with chicken. Every country has a variation of this dish but in my opinion, us Colombians make it the best. As a kid I remember sitting there and picking out the vegetables so I could just eat the rice and chicken.
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by Patricia Sarkisyan
My shepherd’s pie is the reason my loved ones show up for Thanksgiving (sorry momma, your turkey is great too). No recipe at all, I follow my heart and add in different layers of ingredients every year. No two years have been alike. We hardly ever have leftovers, because it’s just that scrumptious.
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Kerala Appam and Chicken Stew
by Tessy Thomas
This is a traditional dish usually made for Easter and Christmas in the state of Kerala in India. The origin of this dish is said to be British, but has been improvised over the years with our staple ingredient, coconut milk. This is like soul food for me every time I go back to see family. So what better dish to serve when spending time with friends who are like family!
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Smoked Pork Ribs
by Derrick Cabrera
I’m not a turkey guy however; I love a good meal just as much as the next person. My favorite meal for the Thanksgiving holiday is smoked pork ribs hot off the smoker or some good braised beef ribs with garlic mash potatoes.
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by Cyndi Lesinski
Our favorite dish is Fresh Corn. My extended family in Pennsylvania harvests corn every year. They painstakingly cut it down, husk it, cut the corn off the cob, bag it and freeze it. We then have bags earmarked for the special holidays so that we can have this delicious side dish!
(Email Realtor@CyndiLesinski.com to learn more about her family’s corn haul)
Cheesy Potato Casserole
by Selvy Buchanan
Want to add something different to your Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner?! Look no further than a Cheesy Potato Casserole with Corn Flakes! This is one of the very first dishes I ever learned to make, so it holds a special place in my heart and for my family. It’s a dish that’s unique and delicious!
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This Ain’t Your Mama’s Cranberry Sauce
by Lindsey Wallace
My family has never been big on Thanksgiving. But I have always been a Friends-giving fanatic. Since I moved across the country by myself, far from the comforts of home, I’ve created my own holiday tradition with friends. Nothing beats a nice apple-cider mimosa and a Thanksgiving potluck with all of my fellow Los Angeles transplants.
My favorite contribution every year has been my Patron infused Cranberry Sauce. It’s sweet, tangy and includes a nice citrus twist.
The recipe includes fresh cranberries, Patron Citronge Orange Liqueur, water, a disgusting amount of sugar, a dash of fresh lemon juice, topped with lemon zest.
A saucy recipe from a saucy lady. Enjoy.
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by Sevana Grigor
My family is a super fan of my creamed corn! Easy and quick to prepare, especially when using a crock-pot. It is rich, creamy and flavorful! Simply delicious, and everyone reaches for seconds.
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by Nairy Bruer
My brothers and I were never in scouts and never went camping growing up. It wasn’t until I was a teenager that I learned what s’mores were — the interactive element of putting your food over an open fire felt so organic, natural, and cool. S’mores have easily become one of my favorite desserts, and throughout the years I have incorporated the yummy flavors of graham crackers, chocolate, and the smoky flavor of toasted marshmallows into a pie that we can all enjoy on Thanksgiving. Everyone loves this delectable pie, even picky eaters. After all, what’s not to love?
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Maple Pumpkin Pie
by Izabell Manukyan
This is my favorite classic desert hands down. You can never go wrong with Maple Pumpkin Pie because it comes out perfect every time. We love it so much that I make it year round, not just during the holidays! That is, when I’m not too busy showing property, of course.
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Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake
by Linda Ojeda
Our family’s tradition is to make pumpkin pie cheesecake… It’s so velvety and yummy sweet, but not too sweet! My sisters, and daughters have been baking it for the past 10 years. We even get orders from other family members and friends 🙂 As you can see we also make individual pies!
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