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“It wasn’t the parade we wanted, but it was the parade we needed.”

This year, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade looked different, but the table setting looked familiar- fresh orange juice, Champagne, bloody Mary bar and plenty of chilequiles and sweet potato spoon bread.

Thanksgiving morning isn’t the same without a breakfast feast, and this has been a happy tradition to count on for years. 

Macy’s parade is especially meaningful because Ida and Isador Straus, co-founders of Macy’s, displayed unbelievable bravery on the last night on the Titanic. Ida insisted on staying with Isador when he was not allowed into a lifeboat because of the “women and children first” rule. They did not survive.

One of my favorite movies is “Miracle on 34th Street” which features the parade. 

I have been to the parade twice and lived in Queens, (30th & 80th), so parade morning is pretty special.    




Makes 2 breakfasts

Crumble and fry a favorite breakfast sausage in cast iron skillet. Beat 5 eggs and add to sausage and create a scramble in the frying pan. When eggs are cooked, place on chips on plates. Top with shredded Chihuahua or queso cheese, sour cream and salsa. 

Place a portion of Sweet Potato Spoon Bread on each plate. Garnish each plate with some of the pie crust leaves and acorns.

Mimosas: Fill 3/4 Champagne glass with Champagne; 1/4 orange juice. Garnish with thinly sliced orange quarters.