Battaglia family carries on Thanksgiving tradition in Montgomery County

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Thanksgiving is about gathering around the table with loved ones and, of course, great food.

A Montgomery County family let Action News into their home to show us their holiday traditions.

“It really all started at my grandmother’s house in Northeast Philadelphia, in her row house. She really taught me how to make a turkey, the yams… We always have her memory of Thanksgiving alive,” explained Brooke Battaglia. “We always have the turkey shape like butter. We gotta get the cranberry sauce in the can, enjoy the desserts and each other’s company,” Brooke said.

Battaglia and her family have been busy in the kitchen all day. As we all know, there’s a lot of preparation behind the perfect Thanksgiving meal.

When it comes to turkey, this year the Battaglia household served not one but two turkeys.

“We’re trying the tradition of roasting a turkey, which has worked well for us so far,” Battaglia said.

If you have two turkeys, you need two people to help with the cutting, which plays an important role.

“They say I cut too thick sometimes, but I try,” said Rich Ciaverelli.

Ciaverelli has held the title of turkey cutter for 20 years, but you could say Chas Smith is the expert.

“I started this whole thing. I’m a handsome young guy. I like going down here with a full hunk,” Smith explained.

The Battaglia family say food aside, it’s the get-together that makes Thanksgiving special.

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