With a month left until Thanksgiving, it’s time to start planning your turkey day meal! We’ve consulted our friends at They Draw & Cook for some of their favorite feast-approved recipes. The brother and sister duo, Nate and Salli, started They Draw & Cook to showcase their love for food and art and to share treasured family recipes with their friends.

Head over to their site and browse delicacies from around the world. For delicious Thanksgiving dishes, check out these six recommendations from Nate and Salli below!

1. Holiday Ham Loaf by Kenton Visser

Ingredients: 2lb cooked ground ham, 1 lb. ground turkey, 2 eggs, 1 cup cracker crumbs, 1 8-oz can tomato sauce, 2 T ketchup, 1 10-oz jar currant jelly, 6 T mustard
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine first six ingredients thoroughly. Shape in to 12 small loaves and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake 40-45 minutes or until browned. Combine mustard and jelly. Glaze loaves for last 10 minutes of baking time.

If you’re not a huge fan of Thanksgiving turkey, this holiday ham loaf by Kenton Visser might just be your new go-to. Plus, the mustard and jelly glaze makes for the perfect combination of sweet and tangy. Yum!

2. Mashed Potato Mountain by Nate Padavick


5 lbs Russet/Yukon potatoes (peeled)

2 sticks softened butter

8 oz softened cream cheese

1/4 cup heavy cream (or more)

1 t each salt and pepper (to taste)

Easy Steps:

1. Peel and cut potatoes in golf ball sized pieces.

2. Boil them for around 30 minutes, until a fork easily pokes into them.

3. Drain in a colander, then place them back into the dry pot.

4. Put the pot on the stove and mash the potatoes while on low heat.

5. Add 1 1/2 stick of butter, all the cream cheese, and the cream.

6. Mash it all up, then mix in the salt and pepper.

7. Transfer to a baking dish, top with several slabs of butter.

8. When you’re ready to serve, bake at 350 til it’s warmed up again.

There aren’t many things better than mashed potatoes (in our humble opinion). With the addition of cream cheese, Nate Padavick’s mashed potato recipe is hard to beat. Try it out as a Thanksgiving side dish or make it alongside your turkey leftovers.

3. Cranberry Sauce by Monika Roe


1 1/2 cups sugar

3/4 cup water

3 whole cloves

3 whole allspice

2 cinnamon sticks

1 12-oz bag fresh cranberries

zest of 1 orange


  1. Bring sugar, water, cloves, allspice, and cinnamon sticks to a boil in a sauce pan. Cook, stirring, until syrup is clear, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add cranberries and cook until they begin to pop open, about 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat, add grated orange zest, and cool.
  4. Refrigerate sauce for 1 to 3 days. Take out whole spices before serving.

Cranberry sauce is a Thanksgiving favorite for many. Switch it up this year and surprise your guests with a homemade twist on the traditional topping. Monika Roe’s recipe is the perfect sweet compliment to your savory sides. And better yet, it’s quick and easy to make!

4. Pumpkin Pie by Daniel Heywood


1 can evaporated milk

3 medium eggs

1/2 t salt

1 t cinnamon

1/2 t nutmeg

1/2 t ginger

3/4 c sugar

15 oz pumpkin puree


Whisk together ingredients. Bake in a 9 inch pie pan with or without crust at 350 for up to 90 minutes.

Pumpkin pie is a fall (and Thanksgiving) must. Try out Daniel Heywood’s recipe for a classic dessert that’s sure to please your guests. The best part — it calls for less than 10 ingredients!

5. Maple Butter Tarts by Kim Fleming


1/4 cup butter

1/4 c maple syrup

1/2 c packed brown sugar

1 egg, well beaten

1 c currants  or raisins

1 T lemon juice


  1. Combine all ingredients. Mix well.
  2. Fill 18 pastry shells and bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes.

Even if you already have go-to Thanksgiving desserts that you bake each year, you won’t want to miss out on these maple butter tarts by Kim Fleming. You don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving to whip these up, either. With the weather cooling down, these make for a perfect warm treat!


Looking for more dishes to add to your Thanksgiving feast? Head on over to They Draw & Cook for ideas and inspiration!