Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season in the United States.

One of the most important trimmings from now through the end of the year is the food. A few years ago, Draper employees put together a cookbook with recipes from members of the Draper workforce and their families. In the past we’ve shared several on the blog, and today we’re bringing together a few favorites that we think will make great additions to your 2017 holiday celebrations.

Pumpkin Cake
This time of year it seems like everything you see is pumpkin flavored or scented. Pumpkin pie is the typical pumpkin-themed dessert we think of for Thanksgiving, but this year why not try pumpkin cake? Carolyn Mills, who is a member of Draper’s purchasing department, shared her recipe in the employee cookbook.

Cranberry Chutney
Here’s another twist on an old favorite. Cranberry usually appears around Thanksgiving, but in the form of sauce or relish. But Draper vice president of manufacturing, Mike Broome, shared a slightly different, yet tasty cranberry recipe: his mom’s cranberry chutney.

Welsh Cakes
The Draper family of companies have representatives around the world. Up until last year, that included Wales. Before he retired from Draper, Brian Cassley, then our European regional sales manager shared a recipe for Welsh cakes. While these are traditionally associated with Saint David’s Day on March 1, we thought they sound like a nice treat for the holidays, as well.

Persimmon Pudding
Every Thanksgiving and Christmas, Draper president John Pidgeon and vice-president Mike Broome looked forward to this treat made by their grandmother. A persimmon is a red-brown or orange fruit. The Latin for this fruit translates to “food of the gods,” so maybe you should add this to your holiday spread, as well.

Peppermint Fudge
Holidays and candy go together like, well, like holidays and candy! Two holiday favorites are fudge and peppermint. Marilyn Ingle from Draper’s shipping department share this recipe that combines the best of both worlds.

As you enjoy food and family, remember Draper will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday and Friday, November 23-24. We’ll also be closed for Christmas on December 24 and 25. To see how our holiday closures and shipping hours might affect your orders, click here to find your Draper representative.

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