Two Dassel couples share their love of cooking with others on Thanksgiving
By Kristen Miller
DASSEL, MN Calling all those who don’t have anyplace to go for Thanksgiving dinner or . . . those who just don’t feel like cooking.
For the fifth year, four Dassel residents who love to cook are hosting Thanksgiving dinner at a local church and are inviting community members to come and join them for some good food and fellowship.
Steve and Becky Nelson, along with Ken and Mary Neu started cooking Thanksgiving dinner in Gethsemane Lutheran Church as a way of providing an option for those who may not have anywhere else to go that day.
“It’s so much easier to be thankful when you have people to be thankful with,” said Mary Neu.
The idea came after one particular Thanksgiving when the weather hindered travel plans.
Since the two couples love to cook, they decided to make a place in town where people can go if they for one reason or another don’t have somewhere else to go, Neu explained.
“It’s so hard to be alone at Thanksgiving, so why not come and have a dinner with a bunch of people?” she asked.
Whether it be the weather keeping families apart or, for people who are scheduled to host Thanksgiving but don’t want to cook, this is a great alternative, Neu explained.
Just by word-of-mouth and flyers around town, the Thanksgiving dinner has attracted about 30 to 35 people, but the hosts would like to see many more than that this year.
“We have 45 pounds of turkey to cook,” Neu said.
This year, they have three 15-pound turkeys which have been donated from a hog farmer in Iowa who raises turkeys and donates them for occasions just like this, according to Neu.
Serving begins at noon, but guests are welcome to come earlier and help out in the kitchen if they would like, she said.
“We are there at 7 a.m. with our pots and pans of food,” Neu said. Guests are also welcome to bring a dish to share.
Along with the home-cooked turkey, guests can enjoy a variety of dressing made by Ken.
“Dressing is his specialty,” Mary said.
They also try to make the atmosphere as homey as possible including board games and a television airing the football game.
For those interested, the Neus and the Nelsons will be serving up Thanksgiving dinner starting at noon Thursday, Nov. 25.