But pancit, lumpia and bibingka will be right next to the pumpkin pie, too.
Like many immigrant families, Cunanan's family has adopted and expanded the traditional Thanksgiving meal to include the culturally unique dishes of her parents' native land, in this case, the Philippines. That addition to their turkey day meal provides a taste of the homeland for their American-born children and grandchildren.
And in the melting pot of Southern California, where as many as 200 languages are spoken, the Thanksgiving table can be as diverse as the population.
In homes across the Southland, today's menu includes Salvadorean staples like pupusas, Italian-inspired comfort food like manzo alla zucca or Filipino favorites like pancit and bibingka.
"It's important for my kids to know how it was like for us in the Philippines," said Janet Cunanan of Palmdale, a Filipino immigrant who now has five first-generation Filipino-American children, including Eileen.
Eileen Cunanan, 29, of Northridge said while her family celebrates the holiday with as much tradition as the next American family, "we do have a Filipino mix in there because it's important to know your roots."
"We may not speak the language, but we know the food," she said.
Denisse Aguillon, 18, of Van Nuys moved to the United States from El Salvador nine years ago with her family. While she left her native country, she has not left behind home recipes.
"This way you don't lose the essence of your own heritage," she said. "On my Thanksgiving table, there's always pupusas, tamales and yuca fritas."
For Aguillon, it's also a way to pay tribute to America and all it has to offer, including the freedom to pay homage to her native country with her familia.
Fellow Salvadorean native Edwin Ramirez of Pacoima said his Thanksgiving will include pan con chumpe or pan con pavo - roast turkey with a special sauce served with bread.
"It's the same idea in terms of using turkey, but it's not fixed the traditional Thanksgiving way with all the stuffing," Ramirez said.
The authentic Salvadorean turkey meal always reminds him of his abuela.
"It's just one of those things that bring you back to when you were a kid. It makes you think of your elders and grand family memories," he said.
A global concept
While Thanksgiving may be an American holiday, the concept of giving thanks over a big meal is found worldwide.
Chef Joe Lee of Empress Pavilion in Chinatown said in his native China they observe Dong Zhi, also known as the winter solstice festival.
While the date of Dong Zhi falls closer to Christmas, Lee said the purpose of the celebration is similar to Thanksgiving.
"It is a festival for the family to get together for the appreciation of harvesting or for the full year hard working," Lee said.
Still, as far as American history books are concerned, the very first Thanksgiving dates back to 1621 when pilgrims and Native Americans shared a fall harvest feast in Plymouth, Mass.
At that time, the Native Americans were the ones to share their unique eats, including wild turkey, maize and quinoa.
"We celebrated the fall harvest well before the Europeans came. It was a natural celebration and feast day," said Kat High of Topanga. "Then our food became European staples."
High is a member of the Hupa tribe that lived in the northwest corner of California. Her ancestors' common diet consisted of salmon and indigenous foods such as acorns. Today, an estimated 2,500 Hupa American Indians live on the Hoopa Valley Reservation in Humboldt County, according to the tribe's official website.
High said traditional items on her Native American holiday table include wiiwish - acorn mush - commonly served with game meats like venison or rabbit.
The acorns are dried over a period of at least three months, pounded to a fine flour, leached of acid and boiled in water.
High admits wiiwish tastes pretty bland, "but it is an honor when an elder prepares this labor-intensive dish to carry on our traditions."
Over the years, tribal members have combined acorn flour with other ingredients for more contemporary recipes such as acorn pine nut bread.
High plans to celebrate Thanksgiving at the Haramokngna American Indian Cultural Center in the Angeles National Forest, where she serves as director/program coordinator, for a potluck feast that will include native dishes hosted in collaboration with the Pukuu and American Indian Families Partnership programs.
"We give thanks to our grandfather, for our Mother Earth, for our ancestors, for our veterans, for our daily blessings," she said of her tribe's Thanksgiving celebration, "and for our opportunities to pass our culture and heritage to our future generations."
Embracing the feast
Fabio Viviani is best known as the charming Italian cheftestant on Season 5 of "Top Chef." But when he first arrived in the United States in 2005, he was clueless when it came to Thanksgiving.
With no explanation of the American holiday, Viviani said when he went to the grocery store he just thought: "Holy cow, Americans must love turkeys."
Then during his first experience with the American deep-fried turkey, he said he almost burned down actor William Shatner's house.
Now Viviani, who owns Firenze Osteria in North Hollywood, Cafe Firenze in Moorpark and stars in the new Bravo spin-off "Life After Top Chef," says Thanksgiving is one of his favorite holidays.
"I'm very respectful of traditions and, hey, I have a lot to be thankful for. I really do look forward to Thanksgiving now," Viviani said. "See? I'm getting more American by the hour."
Viviani's heart is still in Italy and this holiday he's going to bring back memories of his nonni and nonna with manzo alla zucca, a slow roasted beef and pumpkin stew.
"We never had a lot to eat when I was growing up and so I'd go on the weekend with my grandparents to help butchers clean their shops. Then we would get a bunch of the leftover beef - you know, the tough, cheap pieces," he recalled, adding that those pieces worked well for manzo alla zucca since the dish required braising of the meat.
Pacoima's Ramirez knows the culture shock Viviani experienced. He immigrated to Los Angeles at age 16 also knowing nothing of Thanksgiving.
Now, with three American-born children, Ramirez said the holiday serves as a poignant reminder of the American dream.
"Once you spend some time in the United States like I have you assimilate to society, and over the years American holidays mean something for you," Ramirez said. "It make you thankful for the opportunities here. Among billions of people who want to be here, you are here - and that's true for a lot of people, regardless of where you come from."
The Black Friday list
7 a.m. Big Lots
9 a.m. Walgreens
8 p.m. Sears, Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, Kmart
9 p.m. Target
Midnight: Best Buy, Kohl's, Macy's, Old Navy, Antelope Valley Mall, Burbank Town Center, Camarillo Premium Outlets, The Oaks Shopping Center, Westfield Valencia Town Center
5 a.m. Big 5, Home Depot, Lowe's, Office Depot, Staples, Glendale Galleria, Westfield Topanga
6 a.m. Bed Bath & Beyond, J.C. Penney, Radio Shack, Northridge Fashion Center
7 a.m. Bloomingdales, Nordstrom Rack, Stein Mart, Westfield Fashion Square
8 a.m. Dillard's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom