Posted November 27th, 2013 | Faithful Foodie, Prayers, Thanksgiving, Video


 Fried Chicken for Thanksgiving?

(Willie Mae’s Scotch House world famous fried chicken.)

Last week, I honestly (and humbly) admitted that I don’t prefer the traditional Thanksgiving turkey for the main meal.  Instead, I prefer fried chicken! Perhaps it’s because one of my most memorable Thanksgivings with my family was the one where we ate fried chicken instead!

My stuffed turkey, Thanksgiving 2012, just to clarify that I do make it for my family!


The story goes that our family was in the midst of travels.  With other personal disruptions to the family schedule that year, my parents went to the store too late to get a turkey.  In the 70′s, grocery stores had limited quantities of things, and it required early purchase planning.  Now, with technology to raise more and more turkeys, there’s always enough – if not too many turkeys to the point of waste.  But, that’s another problem.  Back to the story: while filled with dismay, my parents tried to give their kids a happy Thanksgiving without a turkey.  Instead, they chose to give us something they knew we all loved:  mom’s fried chicken!  Somehow, this particular Thanksgiving fried chicken tasted so much better. Perhaps, it was because it was intentionally prepared with an attitude of gratitude.

Grandparents with the grandchildren, Christmas 2012.

Now, whenever I eat fried chicken, I think of that happy childhood Thanksgiving memory.  Nostalgically, I recall the simple dining table graced with my immediate family and maternal grandparents. The chicken tasted so good! We ate our desserts in front of the TV watching the Sound of Music.  I fell asleep on the couch, content, peaceful and happy.  At that simpler time in life, there was no shopping rush to get to.  And, even without Turkey, I had so much for which to be thankful!

Instead of turkey, how about a Filipino roasted pig, called Lechon?

And since we’re talking about thankful fried chicken experiences, I’d like to share a fried chicken specialty restaurant that I found while on my travels.  Welcome to Sneaky’s!   Here’s a quick video about them which you can share with your family and friends – especially those who would be more grateful if Thanksgiving was celebrated with friends, like the ones I found at Sneaky’s!


The United States isn’t the only country that celebrates a day for giving thanks. However, for those who faithfully celebrate the Eucharist (the Greek word for Thanksgiving), which is the Body of Christ, we can have a celebration of giving thanks everyday!

Or, how about Peking crispy duck instead? In some cases, people will say, “turkey, chicken, duck – it’s all bird; it’s all the same.




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Let us pray:


O Gracious God, we give You thanks for Your overflowing generosity to us. Thank You for the blessings of the food we eat and especially for this feast today. Thank You for our home and family and friends, especially for the presence of those gathered here. Thank You for our health, our work and our play. Please send help to those who are hungry, alone, sick and suffering war and violence. Open our hearts to Your love. We ask Your blessing through Christ Your son. Amen.


A little “shrine” dedicated to the late founder of Willie Mae’s Scotch House, home of world famous fried chicken. Not sure if she was Catholic, but her devotion to the Blessed Mother is evident.

Below are copies of prayers from the website:  Perhaps your family can select one of these prayer to grace your family gathering, for tomorrow’s feast, or every day of the year!




From Celebrating Faith: Year-round Activities For Catholic Families, by Mary Cronk Farrell.


O God, source and giver of all things,

You manifest Your infinite majesty, power and goodness

In the earth about us:

We give You honor and glory.

For the sun and the rain,

For the manifold fruits of our fields:

For the increase of our herds and flocks,

We thank You.

For the enrichment of our souls with divine Grace,

We are grateful.


Supreme Lord of the harvest,

Graciously accept us and the fruits of our toil,

In union with Jesus, Your Son,

As atonement for our sins,

For the growth of Your Church,

For peace and love in our homes,

And for salvation for all.

We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.



By Walter Rauschenbusch, from Living God’s Justice: Reflections and Prayers, compiled by The Roundtable Association of Diocesan Social Action Directors.


O God, we thank You for this earth, our home;

For the wide sky and the blessed sun,

For the salt sea and the running water,

For the everlasting hills

And the never-resting winds,

For trees and the common grass underfoot.

We thank You for our senses

By which we hear the songs of birds,

And see the splendor of the summer fields,

And taste of the autumn fruits,

And rejoice in the feel of the snow,

And smell the breath of the spring.

Grant us a heart wide open to all this beauty;

And save our souls from being so blind

That we pass unseeing

When even the common thornbush

Is aflame with Your glory,

O God our creator,

Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.



From Songs of Our Hearts, Meditations of Our Souls: Prayers for Black Catholics, edited by Cecilia A. Moor, Ph.D., C. Vanessa White, D.Min., and Paul M. Marshall, S.M.

This Thanksgiving let those of us who have much and those who have little gather at the welcoming table of the Lord. At this blessed feast, may rich and poor alike remember that we are called to serve on another and to walk together in God’s gracious world. With thankful hearts we praise our God who like a loving parent denies us no good thing.


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Posted in Faithful Foodie, Prayers, Thanksgiving, Video | 6 Comments

6 Responses to “Faithful Foodie: Fried Chicken for Thanksgiving?”

  • Happy Thanksgiving Father. Thank You for your vocation.

    Posted by Jae lindemann on November 27th, 2013 at 9:25 pm.
  • One Thanksgiving that I will always remember was in 1981. It was my first year of teaching, my sister was a sophomore in college and our younger brother was sophomore in high school. My dad decided to take us three and his wife to the Big Bend area and west Texas for the weekend. We left early Thursday morning, and wound up in Van Horn. We knew the chances of finding a turkey dinner or even an open restaurant were slim. But we did find one small diner open. And they had leftover turkey for sandwiches!! Best sandwiches we ever had…at 11:00 p.m. And the next day, we had a “white Friday”…the first snowfall we had ever seen!! I’ll keep that memory in my heart for a long time!!

    Posted by Veronica on November 27th, 2013 at 9:46 pm.
  • Father Leo,

    I would go for fried chicken, lechon, or roast duck too!
    Maybe the reason there are so many side dishes in a traditional Thanksgiving meal is because turkey meat is quite bland, but I’m sure a lot of people would disagree with me.

    Regardless of what’s on the dining table, the important thing is to remember the reason for the holiday.
    Have a great Thanksgiving reunion with your loved ones!

    God bless you.

    Posted by BG Eraña Quesada on November 27th, 2013 at 10:37 pm.
  • Fr.Leo you need to try TurDucken It is a combo of turkey ,chicken, and duck all together Fr. Jude Halpen from New Iberia could help you with it Thanks John manes Grand Knight #1208

    Posted by John Manes on November 28th, 2013 at 9:56 am.
  • Rev. Leo, NEED HELP IN THE PHILIPPINES we need Food that hit super typhoon YOLANDA or HAIYAN
    God Bless You All,. Br.Tommy

    Posted by Br. Tommy on December 2nd, 2013 at 10:51 am.
  • A great story!

    Posted by Fr. Leo on December 3rd, 2013 at 10:27 am.

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