Del Friscos Grille Eggrolls

Grilled Cheesesteak Eggrolls at Del Frisco’s Grille are nontraditional Thanksgiving fare.

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Thanksgiving has evolved since Sarah Josepha Hale first wrote to President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 asking him to proclaim a Day of National Thanksgiving observed on the last Thursday of November. (One of her other claims to fame is the authorship of the poem “Mary Had a Little Lamb”.) Here are ways that chefs around the country are putting their own spin on fall specials and this traditional holiday meal.

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