Giving Thanks by Krista Dietrich

By the time fall rolls around and we approach the New Year, we begin to reflect on the time gone by, memories made and all that we have to by thankful for.  Thanksgiving’s timing couldn’t be more perfect.  It gives us a chance to take a deep breath, say thank you and enjoy a day with those we love before the holiday season cranks into high gear.

This year, The Junior League of Tampa has a lot to be thankful for.  We have dedicated,  talented and amazing volunteers.  We have strong, long lasting community partners and most importantly, we have amazing causes within our community that we are so fortunate to support.  There is no better time like the present to be a part of the Junior League of Tampa. 

How can you help support us?  You may find yourself asking…  The perfect way to support our League’s community projects this holiday season is to purchase one of our award winning cookbooks!  Full of the perfect holiday season dishes, they’re the gift that keeps on giving in many ways.  Give the gift of supporting charitable causes while creating memories with friends and family with our delicious recipes.   Whether a cookbook is a gift for yourself or someone else, it will warm the hearts of those in need this holiday season for many more holidays to come!

The entire Junior League of Tampa Cookbook Collection can be purchased at


Stacked Turkey with Cranberry Cream Cheese

Savor the Seasons

Great with Thanksgiving leftovers or any time of the year, these sandwiches are layered with sweet-and-sour cucumbers, cranberry cream cheese, and cashews.  Serve with a Riesling.


1 cup thinly sliced cucumber

½ cup thinly sliced onion

½ cup white wine vinegar

1 tablespoon sugar

Pinch of salt


4 ounces cream cheese, softened (may use reduced fat)

¼ cup dried cranberries, minced

Juice of ½ lemon

¼ teaspoon minced fresh rosemary or thyme

Salt and Pepper to taste


8 slices whole wheat bread or other hearty bread

¼ cup chopped cashews

12 ounces roasted or fried turkey, sliced (may use deli turkey)

Salt and Pepper to taste

For the cucumbers, combine the cucumber, onion, white wine vinegar, sugar and salt in a bowl and stir gently.

                  For the cream cheese, combine the cream cheese, cranberries, lemon juice, rosemary, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix well.

                For the assembly, spread one side of each bread slie with 1 tablespoon of the cranberry cream cheese.  Sprinkle evenly with the cashews.  Top half of the bread slices with the cucumbers.  Arrange the turkey over the cucumbers.  Season with salt and pepper and top with the remaining bread slices.  Cut each sandwich into halves. 

Yield: 4 sandwiches


Fish and Bubbles Party Mix

Capture the Coast

This fun snack mix will be devoured by children and adults alike.  The saltiness of the mix and the praline flavor of the coating yield a festive flavor that everyone will enjoy.

*Also a great snack to bring along while holiday shopping and to keep in the pantry all holiday season long!

5 cups crispy corn and rice cereal, such as Chex

3 cups Cheerios

4 cups fish-shaped cheese crackers

2 cups fish-shaped pretzel nuggets

1 cup peanuts 1 ½ cups pecan halves or pieces

1 cup (2 sticks) butter

1 cup packed brown sugar

2 cups “M & M’s” Chocolate Candies

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.  Combine the cereals, crackers, pretzel nuggets, peanuts and pecan halves in a large bowl and mix well.  Bring the butter and brown sugar to a boil in a saucepan.  Boil until frothy, stirring constantly.  Pour over the cereal mixture and toss to coat.  Spread evenly in a large roasting pan.  Bake for 10 minutes and stir.  Continue baking for 45 minutes, stirring once or twice.  Remove from the oven and cool to room temperature.  Add the chocolate candies and toss well.  Store in airtight container.

Yield: 36 servings


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