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Find out how two of Baltimore’s most avid snackers celebrate a food-centric holiday!

What are you doing this Thanksgiving?

Marie: I’m headed home to celebrate with my family in Pennsylvania- with my brothers, parents and grandma. There’s sure to be a lot of multi-generational collaboration in making a delicious meal.

Katie: I’m going down to Northern Virginia to celebrate with my sister and friends, eat lots of good food (of course), do some hiking, and visit local wineries.

How many Thanksgivings have you celebrated together?

Katie: We’ve celebrated Thanksgiving together four times over the years, all with Marie’s family. Since my family lives way on the West coast, it’s nice to have a special place to go to for the holidays.

What’s your favorite thing to make for Thanksgiving?

Katie: Pie! Apple pie, sweet potato, pumpkin and pecan. Fresh whipped cream with a touch of maple syrup is a necessary topping.

Marie: Rolls top the list- something yeasted, buttery and airy. Every year is an opportunity to experiment with a new recipe.

What’s your favorite thing that a family member or friend makes for Thanksgiving?

Marie: My nan makes the most delicious condiment salad – pepperoni, banana peppers, provolone and black olives tossed in a bit of their own juices to make the most mouth-watering, delicious, and so, so salty appetizer.

Katie: My gram used to make the best Strawberry Pretzel salad for holiday meals. A classic jello salad with candied pretzels, a creamy cool whip and cream cheese layer topped with strawberry jello and fresh strawberries. It’s the kind of salad that people will turn their noses up at, and yet, some how, it all gets eaten. Although I’ve tried to recreate it, I just haven’t quite figured out the special touch to make it as good as she does.

Any Kinderhook Snacks show up at the Thanksgiving table?
Marie: Cheese stamps are a perennial favorite around the house- these will most definitely be showing up as predinner snacks. Not the usual cheese stamps though- my family prefers the slightly burned, misshapen ones.

Favorite/special traditions for the holiday?
Katie: There’s something really special about going around the table before the start of the meal to say what we’re thankful for. Family, friends, and food always top the list. It’s nice to be reminded of how lucky we are to celebrate together, and to remember those who are no longer with us.

Marie: There’s usually a game of cards going on while the food is in the oven or after the big meal. And sitting down to cards is really just another excuse to keep on snacking – potato chips and pretzels usually.

How does the Kinderhook philosophy embody the spirit of the holiday?

Our love of making and sharing delicious food is really how Kinderhook was born. Even now, hardly a day goes by at Kinderhook where we aren’t reminded of just how great sharing delicious food can be. Maybe because of our love of sharing good food, we both believe that Thanksgiving is – hands down – the best holiday of the year. It’s a time to relish abundance, be thankful for the special people in our lives, to reflect and to be grateful. What could be better?