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The Malone Family Shares Its Thanksgiving Joy

GREENBURGH, N.Y. – Joy Malone was secretly hoping that her father would make his infamous red velvet cake for dessert. Instead, he made apple pie and pumpkin pie to celebrate Thanksgiving.

"He's the cook, and he's an awesome cook," said Joy about her father, George. "We always laugh and say that he should be a chef."

The Malone family watched George, the town's public access cable coordinator, cook the flavored turkey and prepare the pork shoulder with a Puerto Rican recipe. They even followed him outside as he roasted the vegetables on the grill. Alaya, Joy's 5-year-old daughter, sampled all the food.

"Alaya had a ball," said Joy. "She always has fun at Pop-Pop's house. While my sister, Cristin, and I were choosing what to eat, she was eating everything."

Janet, George's wife, accidentally tore the top crust of the apple pie, letting him believe that it was "ugly." But the whole family still dug in and enjoyed celebrating a family Thanksgiving meal.

Last year, George made a "turducken" – a deboned chicken, stuffed inside a deboned duck, stuffed inside a deboned turkey. While the family said the 2010 Thanksgiving was more decadent than this year, all three birds held their individual flavors and made for a very delicious meal. Last year, the dessert was the red velvet cake, which to this day, said Joy, George's colleagues at Town Hall ask him to bake cake for special events.

As Joy, Alaya and Cristin left George's house in Greenburgh, Janet's family stopped by to celebrate the holiday, making the Malone Thanksgiving extra family-friendly.

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