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Tue Nov 5, 2019, 05:57 PM

What are your favorite thanksgiving foods?

I don't eat turkey but I like the rest of the dishes. I love stuffing, sweet potatoes, cornbread and pumpkin pie.

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IrishEyes Nov 5 OP
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Response to IrishEyes (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 05:59 PM

1. Gravy.

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Response to IrishEyes (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 06:01 PM

2. Stuffing. Pecan pie. Potatoes with cheese (several recipes, all good). Jello something.

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Response to IrishEyes (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 06:02 PM

3. Everything but stuffing the best, don't like mushrooms added

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Response to IrishEyes (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 06:02 PM

4. Wild rice - the real kind, grown by the tribes in N. Minnesota, not the cultivated crap

you get in the grocery stores that's all black and crunchy. Wild wild rice is awesome. We always had it for Thanksgiving dinner, and we usually had pheasant or grouse from my dad's hunting trips instead of turkey. The dish I hate the most is that godawful concoction of sweet potatoes and marshmallows. A few years ago my SIL, who always serves that glop, accidentally set fire to it when browning the marshmallows, and I rejoiced.

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Response to IrishEyes (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 06:08 PM

5. roasted veggies

brussel sprouts, turnips, carrots, potatoes

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Response to Fresh_Start (Reply #5)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 07:28 PM

23. Yes!

I'm just going to add cauliflower to your roast veggies.

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Response to IrishEyes (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 06:11 PM

6. My mom's Southern cornbread dressing & her homemade turkey gravy.

We donít stuff turkeys in our family. We make dressing and gravy.

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Response to CottonBear (Reply #6)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 06:42 PM

12. Cornbread dressing is the best!!

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Response to Docreed2003 (Reply #12)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 07:35 PM

24. Oh, yes it is! Homemade cornbread in a cast iron skillet+ turkey gravy! 🍳

I think that I could eat dressing & gravy, homemade cranberry conserve and my momís sweet potato soufflť every week of the year! Iím hungry now!

Happy Thanksgiving! Itís all about food, friends, family & college football!

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Response to CottonBear (Reply #24)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 07:38 PM

25. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours as well

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Response to CottonBear (Reply #6)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 08:13 PM

37. Southern born person here.

When I first saw my midwestern mother in law make ďdressingĒ, I couldnít believe my eyes. There was not a speck of cornbread in it! I still canít believe it, really, 33 years later.

Iím kinda not sure whatís in there, cause itís so not right, I still wonít try it. Thanksgiving always makes me wish I still lived in the South.

ps...my favorite food of Thanksgiving is green bean casserole. MY green bean casserole.

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Response to Cracklin Charlie (Reply #37)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 04:29 PM

58. My son and his wife now live

in the house my wife was born in and where, for several decades, my mother-in-law made the most fabulous thanksgiving dinners.

We are in Florida which counts as the south I reckon but MIL was originally from Indiana. She always made both cornbread dressing and oyster dressing and her cornbread dressing is still what I dream of when I'm eating anything dressing related. Man I miss her and I often wonder how my wife inherited none of her cooking abilities and we lost all her recipes.

I never even tried the oyster dressing because gross.

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Response to IrishEyes (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 06:12 PM

7. Pie

Any kind.

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Response to IrishEyes (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 06:15 PM

8. mashed potatos and my mother-in-law's homemade potato buns!!!!

I'm also partial to my own homemade fresh cranberry sauce, if I do say so myself.

I also make a pretty good broccoli/Gorgonzola casserole and for dessert sometimes I made a peppermint cheesecake that people seem to like.

The staples I detest are: the hideous green bean casserole and pumpkin pie.

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Response to IrishEyes (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 06:17 PM

9. Green Bean Casserole!








Well, it IS a classic!

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #9)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 06:50 PM

15. Yes!

The unhealthy kind with canned beans and soup. Hint: itís better with cream of celery.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #9)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 07:47 PM

31. Ugh.

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Response to stopbush (Reply #31)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 08:08 PM

36. Ugh for me too

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #9)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 07:59 AM

63. Yuck, my husband is the only one in our family that likes it... more for him I guess lol

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Response to IrishEyes (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 06:23 PM

10. Stuffing and gravy. The rest is good, too, but stuffing and gravy define Thanksgiving, IMO.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #10)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 07:11 PM

21. +1

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Response to IrishEyes (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 06:25 PM

11. Herb stuffing, mashers w gravy,

breast skin w stuffing, piece of meat at lower spine, cranberries, pumpkin pie.

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Response to IrishEyes (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 06:44 PM

13. Gravy.

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Response to IrishEyes (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 06:46 PM

14. The best parts are the leftovers, with the exception of oyster dressing.

Also, cranberry sauce made from scratch, thank you.

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Response to IrishEyes (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 06:51 PM

16. broccoli, spaghetti nt

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Response to IrishEyes (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 06:53 PM

17. PA Dutch bread-and-potato stuffing

Or ďfillingĒ as we call it here. I donít stuff the bird though. Actually the turkey is my least favorite part, but itís kind of obligatory (unless youíre a vegetarian) and needed for gravy. On second thought, leftover turkey on white toast with mayo is divine.

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Response to Freddie (Reply #17)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 07:44 PM

28. Oh, this takes me back!

The very last purchase on the day before Thanksgiving, we always stopped at the local bakery for a loaf of their Dutch crunch (white) bread. And we made the most delicious sandwiches the day after. That was my Mom's favorite. Thanks for the memory.

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Response to IrishEyes (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 07:00 PM

18. Dressing, Baby!

Our family nixed that stuffing stuff back in the early sixties when the smart ones discovered the turkey cooked much, much better without stuffing.

Oh, and mashed potatoes and gravy. The gravy is a BIG old school production working up the giblets (sans the liver).

And of course the pumpkin pie, but I reintroduced a desert into our fare when I discovered my grandmother's recipe for carrot pudding and found her two old Lipton tea tins to boil them in. Boy howdy, I make a wicked whisky sauce to serve with it!

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Response to IrishEyes (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 07:05 PM

19. Definitely the stuffing. And cold turkey sandwiches for days afterwards.

The only traditional Thanksgiving food I don't really care for is cranberry sauce.

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Response to IrishEyes (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 07:09 PM

20. All of it

if made by my mother. Itís my top of the list, number one favorite meal. Roasted turkey, real stuffing cooked inside the bird, her kickass giblet gravy, cranberry sauce (yep, the canned kind), green or orange jello with mandarin oranges in it, crescent rolls, random veg (corn, carrots, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, whatever- itís all good).

We start with squash bisque and end with pie. Iím not much on pumpkin, but her apple is fabulous. With ice cream, of course.

I am soooo freakiní happy to be home for Thanksgiving this year! For many reasons, not just Momís excellent cooking. Itís been a while. Too long.

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Response to happybird (Reply #20)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 07:25 PM

22. Squash bisque sounds good.

I may have to add that to my thanksgiving menu. I hope you have a great thanksgiving with your family.

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Response to happybird (Reply #20)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 12:28 AM

46. I loved the cranberry sauce out of the can, especially the way it slid out of the can

and landed in the serving dish with a big *splort*, and it retained the shape of the can, including the seams.

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Response to IrishEyes (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 07:41 PM

26. Pumpkin Pie.

I love it so much. It is my favorite.

I also love stuffing.

I hate turkey and always have another dish for myself and the other people who also dislike turkey. I usually have salmon as a second main dish.

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Response to madaboutharry (Reply #26)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 07:48 PM

32. And one of the most important lessons I learned from my Mom

is that pumpkin pie is, in fact, a breakfast food.

It contains eggs, milk, and a vegetable. You can even count the crust as a stand-in for toast. Voila! Breakfast!

I also put a little bourbon in my pumpkin pie. Pour out one shot of the evaporated milk and replace it with a shot of bourbon in the custard before you cook it. This keeps the liquid volume the same. Also, a lot more cinnamon than the recipe on the can calls for.

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Response to leftieNanner (Reply #32)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 07:55 PM

34. Absolutely, pumpkin pie is the very best breakfast!

The bourbon sounds like a great idea.

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Response to leftieNanner (Reply #32)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 10:55 PM

42. I've made the custard just for breakfast

I use Splenda instead of sugar. And I bake it in the microwave. It's consistency isn't quite what you would get if it was baked in an oven etc, but I make it for myself, so I don't care. It lasts several days.

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Response to LeftInTX (Reply #42)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 10:57 PM

43. When Mom was pregnant

Her doctor told her to be careful about gaining too much weight so she would bake herself a pumpkin pie without the crust and sit down and eat the whole thing! She was always slim anyway, but we thought this was funny!

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Response to madaboutharry (Reply #26)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 02:07 AM

60. Yes!

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Response to IrishEyes (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 07:43 PM

27. My favorite...

tends to come after the big dinner. Turkey sandwiches consisting of turkey on home-made hot rolls, with just a little Miracle Whip.

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Response to IrishEyes (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 07:44 PM

29. At our house I have to make double southern cornbread dressing and gravy and both pumpkin and pecan

pie or I hear the whimpers the next day!!

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Response to IrishEyes (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 07:45 PM

30. Mince pie.

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Response to IrishEyes (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 07:54 PM

33. Turkey

Gravy and mashed potatoes. Apple pie for dessert.

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Response to IrishEyes (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 08:07 PM

35. My mother's light, fluffy mashed potatoes, hands down!

But now she always tries to doctor them up w/ sour cream, cream cheese and other things and they are very heavy. I am a purist. I just loved the plain old fluffy potatoes w/ a little butter, milk, salt and pepper. They were perfection! I think I am going to have to start making them myself.

I also like the vegetable dishes. I like the turkey too. I only like the stuffing if it is started on the top of the stove and baked separately in a casserole dish and is crispy and dry (w/ gravy on it). I hate it if it is all mushy and gross after being cooked in the bird.

Dessert doesn't really interest me at all. I'm usually too full anyway.

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Response to IrishEyes (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 08:15 PM

38. Stuffing cooked in the bird

with homemade gravy on top. And youíd better get some quick or else my husband will eat it all.

I really like everything else, but could do without the mashed potatoes. No green bean casserole, ugh. Fresh asparagus!!

My son made a pie with a Japanese pumpkin last year... it was fabulous.

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Response to IrishEyes (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 08:44 PM

39. Raw cranberry relish w/ Grand Marnier

1 bag cranberries
1 whole orange w/ rind
1 whole lemon w/ rind
1 apple w/ skin cored
Some apricot jam
Sugar to taste
Grind, grind, grind
Add a quart of Grand Marnier (or 1/4 cup)

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Response to IrishEyes (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 09:15 PM

40. Definitely stuffing

My momís stuffing, made from bread stuffed in the turkey, very moist. My sister-in-lawís family does a rice stuffing, and that just isnít right.

The right kind of stuffing, smothered in gravy, is the essence of Thanksgiving to me.

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Response to IrishEyes (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 10:38 PM

41. Whiskey

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Response to IrishEyes (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 11:00 PM

44. My husband does the cooking. I'm the dishwasher and taste tester. (The best part)

I like his turkey gravy, garlic mashed potatoes with bacon bits, brussel sprouts fried with bacon bits, homemade cranberry garnish, cheese cakes, and pies. So in other words, all of it.

His turkey is to die for. Tender and juicy. Even the white meat isn't dry.

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Response to IrishEyes (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2019, 11:10 PM

45. Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish (but really it's Craig Claiborne's)

From Susan Stamberg at NPR: Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish

2 cups whole raw cranberries, washed

1 small onion

3/4 cup sour cream

1/2 cup sugar

2 tablespoons horseradish from a jar

Grind the raw berries and onion together. ("I use an old-fashioned meat grinder," says Stamberg. "I'm sure there's a setting on the food processor that will give you a chunky grind -- not a puree."

Add everything else and mix.

Put in a plastic container and freeze.

Early Thanksgiving morning, move it from freezer to refrigerator compartment to thaw. ("It should still have some little icy slivers left."

The relish will be thick, creamy, and shocking pink. ("OK, Pepto Bismol pink. It has a tangy taste that cuts through and perks up the turkey and gravy. It's also good on next-day turkey sandwiches, and with roast beef."

Makes 1-1/2 pints.

It's much better than it sounds, easy to make, and a pleasant change from canned cranberry sauce.

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Response to Glorfindel (Reply #45)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 01:43 PM

52. "It's much better than it sounds..."

LOL. I have some recipes like that.

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Response to Glorfindel (Reply #45)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 03:09 PM

55. I make it every year.

It's a beautiful pink and tastes delicious!

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Response to IrishEyes (Original post)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 03:36 AM

47. Stuffing. That's all I need, especially my mother's.

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Response to IrishEyes (Original post)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 01:25 PM

49. Not one thing, but a time

after the feast and the company is gone, when the last cup, plate, pot and pan is washed...the lovely leftovers have been parceled out to fridge or freezer, you can sit and contemplate the arrival of the Christmas season...this is best done with an ice cold glass of eggnog with a touch of spirits and a slice of mince pie. It's happening this month and I eagerly await it.

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Response to IrishEyes (Original post)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 01:32 PM

50. The whole thing! All together on a plate so I can mix and match as I eat myself into ecstasy! 😋

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Response to IrishEyes (Original post)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 01:40 PM

51. Mushroom gravy. On everything.

I don't eat turkey either, but I make fab vegan mushroom gravy. I put it over lentil loaf & mashed potatoes, or even rice.

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Response to IrishEyes (Original post)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 01:44 PM

53. The dressing!

Corn pudding
Deviled eggs
"Shuck" beans, if you can get 'em. (I no longer have my Dad back in eastern, KY getting them for us.

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Response to IrishEyes (Original post)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 02:04 PM

54. stuffing and yams

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Response to IrishEyes (Original post)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 04:08 PM

56. The sandwich the next day with everything left over

Using leftover in-bird stuffing as one or both slabs of bread to hold it all. Gravy, gloppy green beans, mash a yam in there, scoop of canned cranberry sauce, it all counts as condiments. Ham or roast beef too if those were in the table to stretch the turkey.

I just had lunch and I'm hungry again. 'It's the season!

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Response to IrishEyes (Original post)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 04:21 PM

57. Mincemeat pie!!

My grandmother made a KILLER mincemeat pie--since she stopped cooking, I haven't had a nibble of mincemeat. I really miss it.

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Response to IrishEyes (Original post)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 10:40 PM

59. My mother's homemade stuffing cooked

inside the bird. But I never learned to make it myself and she's gone now. I piled stuffing on a slice of breast meat and poured gravy over all of it.

My own home made cranberry sauce from fresh cranberries and oranges. Sweet potatoes baked in their skins, with a pat of butter on them. Not glazed or mixed with marshmallows which is guilding the lily IMO.

Veggies -- Asparagus with white sauce. Succotash.

Pumpkin pie. I always add more cinnamon.

My own cranapple pie.

I made a pumpkin pecan pie once from a BH & G recipe. Very good but very rich. Could only eat a small slice.

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Response to IrishEyes (Original post)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 07:21 AM

61. I'm Franco American and the food reflects that.

I'm talking about French Canadian food (the best kind). Turkey with meat stuffing, tourtieres, mashed potatoes (mashed with the skin on) fantastic gravy, homemade cranberry sauce and veggies galore!

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Response to IrishEyes (Original post)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 07:58 AM

62. Stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, and pie. I could care less about the turkey :)

Actually when we don't visit the family and I make the dinner I just roast a chicken for the kids.

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Response to IrishEyes (Original post)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 10:20 AM

64. My daughter's deviled eggs.



There's no point in showing up if there are no deviled eggs.

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Response to IrishEyes (Original post)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 10:27 AM

65. I would have to say cornbread stuffing

and broccoli with melted cheese topped off with pecan pie.

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