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Death by Chocolate

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My Thanksgiving

In my family I have two Thanksgiving dinners. We have one in Rhode Island at my grandfather's house and one in Connecticut at home. In Rhode Island my Aunt Valerie does the cooking; in Connecticut my mom does the cooking and it's always like there is a competition to see who can prepare the best Thanksgiving dinner! This is always to everyone's benefit; they're always coming up with something new or just improving a traditional recipe.

At my grandfather's house, there’s always a feast. Every time we go out there for Thanksgiving we have a great time watching football with Uncle Chuck, playing basketball on the patio or going to the park. When we're done playing sports it’s time to eat! Zia, as we call my Aunt Valerie, knows how to cook. There’s always a huge turkey with mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and at least three types of orange veggies (which doesn't mean I like them all). She also makes my favorite crescent rolls baked to perfection. Everyone always gathers around the table for dinner, except for Uncle Chuck who has to watch his Cowboys play on TV. This time, I actually got to sit with him and eat dinner and watch the football game.

After we get back from Grandpa's house, my mom makes a second Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday. The whole Jerram family is invited and that's a lot of people. We have to transform our living room into a dining room. My mom usually makes a ham and this year we tried something new, a roast duck from New Hartford. The duck was tender and tasty. There were mashed potatoes and green beans. But the best part of the meal is always my mom’s desserts. This year she made Death by Chocolate. It’s so chocolaty you'll die.

Everybody just has a good time and stuffs themselves. With everything that is left over there is enough for dinner for a week. I think I'll explode from all the weight the family's two greatest chefs put on my body. The meals can have that little extra microscopic detail that can make the difference and make them taste like the meals themselves were prepared were by an executive chef. By the way I was just wondering, what is your perfect Thanksgiving dinner?

Submitted by: "Mike J."

Ingredients You'll Need

1 baked chocolate fudge cake or chocolate pound cake
2 packages instant chocolate fudge pudding, prepared
2 tubs Cool Whip
1 package Oreo cookies, crumbled, reserving some for decoration


In a clear, straight sided glass bowl:

Layer 1:

lay chocolate cake on bottom of bowl in a even layer about the thickness of a typical cake

Layer 2:

mix crushed cookies with one tub of Cool Whip

spread in thick layer on top of layer 1

Layer 3:

carefully spread a thick layer of fudge pudding on top of layer 2

Layer 4:

spread plain Cool Whip on Top

Decorate with Oreos or other chocolate like chocolate chips, sprinkles, etc.

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