When it comes to planning side dishes for Thanksgiving dinner, we abandon all thoughts of restraint. Creamy casseroles bubble beneath blankets of melted cheese and buttered breadcrumbs. Deliciously sticky marshmallow-topped sweet potatoes are served alongside bowls of savory mashed potatoes, and rice with giblet gravy. Fresh greens steeped in pot liquor, piping hot pans of cornbread dressing, and slender pole beans – these are the foods we love best this time of year.
Beth Dreiling / Styling by Buffy Hargett / Food Styling by Pam Lolley and James Schend

Update your menu with luscious dishes from this Georgia family.

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Wish you could serve something new and scrumptious this Thanksgiving? Kitty and Walter Forbes of Fort Valley, Georgia, shared some favorite family recipes with us, and we think you'll absolutely love their dressed-up yet doable selections. We added a fun touch by including nuts from Savage Creek Farms, the family pecan farm, in several of these dishes.

From melt-in- your-mouth savory shortbreads (terrific with a glass of Chardonnay or sweet seedless grapes) to a rich Sweet Potato-Apple Cobbler (irresistible with vanilla ice cream), each recipe is worth raving over. Just when you think mac and cheese couldn't be improved, this family managed to do so by adding sweet caramelized onions and, of course, pecans.

"Thanksgiving on the Farm" is from the November 2004 issue of Southern Living.

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