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Thanksgiving Recipes From the Dialogue Team!

Chris Uglialoro making the Cave family cranberry sauce (left) handwritten instructions (right)

Thanksgiving dinner is famous for leaving its victims passed out in food comas. Dads doze on the couch with the day’s football game serenading their dreams of tryptophan-loaded turkey as aunts and uncles dive into their fifth gravy-soaked serving of mashed potatoes. The entrees we enjoy each year are relatively constant throughout celebrating households: turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and cranberry sauce are all Thanksgiving staples. However, many households place their unique spin on these dishes, passing their “secret recipes” down generations. Thankfully, a few members of the CHS staff and Dialogue Team have agreed to share step-by-step instructions and/or ingredients for their family’s signature Thanksgiving dish! Although this year’s holiday has already passed, feel free to draw inspiration from these recipes!


Cave’s Cranberry Sauce


1 package of cranberries, 

4/5 medium sized pippin apples

1 cup of water

1¼ cups of sugar

The Cave family’s cranberry sauce recipe demonstrates enormous attention to detail, specifying the exact type of apple to include. It pays off in a delicious dish! 


Steps: Pour water, cranberries, and sliced apples into a pot – bring water to boil so that the cranberries pop (takes 15-20 minutes). Once popped, strain all contents from water. Put the contents in a saucepan and add sugar. 

Mr. Cantagallo’s Chicken Divan

A lesser known dish, Chicken Divan is a casserole commonly composed of layered broccoli, chicken, and a cheesy sauce. Mr. Cantagallo has been kind enough to share his family’s secret chicken divan recipe. Let’s take a look at how CHS’s principal feasts during the glorious four day Thanksgiving break!



6 cooked chicken breasts

3-10 ounces of frozen broccoli

3 cans of cream of mushroom soup

1 cup of mayo

½ cup of milk

2 tablespoons of lemon juice

Cheddar cheese

Bread crumbs


Directions: Bake at 350 degrees fahrenheit for 45 minutes.   

Gunning’s Texas Potatoes

Texas Potatoes are a cheesy, creamy, and breaded dish similar to the mashed potatoes present at most Thanksgiving dinners! 


1/2 cup chopped onion

1 8 oz. condensed cream of chicken soup

(can use 2 cans – I saw a recipe that said use 2 cans)

1 pint sour cream (or can use 8 oz – if 2 cans soup/8oz sour cream)

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1 pkg hash brown shredded potatoes, frozen (thawed) (2 lbs) –

1 ½ pkg OK too – maybe more sour cream

1/2 cup melted butter



-Combine all of the above and put in a pyrex baking pan.

-Crushed corn flakes with some more melted butter.

-Top the casserole with crushed corn flakes.

-Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.


The Uglialoro Family’s Pecan-Chocolate Chip Pie

Among my family, the pecan-chocolate chip pie is a favorite. The sweet chocolate coupled with the crunch of the pecans makes for a coveted desert! 


1½ cups of pecans

1 pie crust

½ cup of chocolate chips

1 tablespoon of flour

3 large eggs

1 cup of light-brown sugar

1 cup of corn syrup

¼ cup of melted butter

½ teaspoon of vanilla extract



-Preheat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit 

-Spread pecans in pie crust

-In a bowl, toss chocolate chips in a pinch of flour

-Scatter chocolate chips over pecans

-In a bowl, stir together eggs, brown sugar, corn syrup, vanilla extract, butter, and flour until mixed.

-Pour filling from the bowl over pecans and chocolate chips

-Bake for about 70 minutes

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