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Holiday tradition lives on with ‘Friendsgiving’

November 14, 2012

By MATT CRANE
life@starkvilledailynews.com

While some may experience the stress of entertaining family this Thanksgiving season, Jessica Dealy and Josh Winter once again continued the hassle-free approach to this delicious holiday with the third annual "Friendsgiving."

Dealy said the event idea came about while she was working on television in Meridian while Winter still resided in Starkville.

"I was scheduled to work both morning and afternoon/evening news shows on Thanksgiving day … and, refusing to give up my favorite holiday, we thought up 'Friendsgiving,'" she said. "We decided that I would drive up one weekend when MSU played out of town … we could show the game and have everyone bring a dish. This way, we wouldn't have to stress about cooking everything and we could maximize the feast as everyone as one particular dish they are extremely talented at cooking."

Dealy said she was excited to continue the tradition this year and the opportunity to bring friends from different social circles and locations together in one place.

"It is wonderful how everyone immediately take to each, even if it is the first time they have met," she said. "Josh and I credit each other for having such wonderful people in our lives."

Dealy said highlights of this year's event included the wonderful food, a camp fire musical session and bringing together friends both old and new.

"My close friends from Meridian drove in this year," she said. "I loved introducing them to my Starkville buddies."

Discussing the culinary treats offered this year, Dealy said a chicken enchilada lasagna stood out along with a variety of desserts and other comfort-food staples.

"My lovely friend Isa made chicken and dumplings that I am still eating — I made sure to set aside leftovers," she said. "One of my friends who works as an instructor in the Communication department, Lindsey Morshauser, made wonderful homemade macaroni and cheese — which is a long time favorite of mine."

Dealy said she recommend anyone living in Starkville to adopt the Friendsgiving format as a stress-free way of enjoying Thanksgiving, and said seeing a city-wide version would be a wonderful idea.

"(Starkville) could take advantage of the musical talent this town has by inviting an open mic event outdoors," she said. "The town could even show an away game on a large screen. Think of all the food!"

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