My sweet mother-in-law cooks for us every Thanksgiving. So we like to pay it forward.

Because we don’t have to spend the time shopping and preparing to cook at our house, we’re free to help others have a nice meal on Thanksgiving Day.

For several years now, we’ve found a family in need of either groceries or a home-cooked meal for the holiday. This year, we’ve been matched with a small family of two. Rather than overwhelm them with a ton of Thanksgiving food they’ll likely tire of before it’s gone, I’m trying to provide an appropriate-sized meal with potential for easy leftovers. I’ll be sure to bring a few other things they can use later, too.

This small turkey breast cooks up easily in a slow cooker, and will make great sandwiches in a snap. This option is perfect for anyone who is expecting a very small crowd for dinner. But, no matter the size, the aromatics of herbs, onions and local citrus are the key to a delicious turkey. 

I love fresh sweet potatoes warmed with fresh herbs and a hint of spice. This dish is creamy, hearty and has layers of flavor from sweet smelling herbs to smoky bacon.

I hope you all have a great time planning, cooking and sharing with each other this year, and remember to give thanks. 

Teresa B. Day is a local food writer and author of the “I Eat BR” blog. You can reach her at