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RENATA144 SparkPoints: (207,563)
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11/28/13 10:35 P

Love it all !!!

MLEHTO Posts: 734
11/28/13 10:20 P

Love all the traditional foods. I cooked this year so it was a combination of my traditions and my relatively new husband's traditions. It works for us.

Hope everyone has a happy holiday.

TSISQUAUSDI Posts: 1,667
11/28/13 9:08 P

Love it!

RUBENB2003 Posts: 14,837
11/28/13 6:22 P

Love it

THOMAS.H Posts: 17,823
11/28/13 5:27 P

Gotta love proper portions, of course. :)

VKKESU Posts: 1,008
11/28/13 5:23 P

Due to dad being in hospital today and mom hanging out there, I visited them for a while but had no Thanksgiving this year. I miss my mom's dressing and sweet potatos !! Love them but only have them on Thanksgiving. Never make them or I'll eat to much so I never fix them. Bummed I didn't get any this year. lol

FITWITHIN Posts: 25,278
11/28/13 5:20 P

It's great when you have all those excellent cooks bringing their favorites to the table.

CAMEOSUN SparkPoints: (86,617)
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11/28/13 12:27 P

Thanksgiving food is ok - won't gorge though.

ZENANDNOW SparkPoints: (68,476)
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11/28/13 10:44 A

What Thanksgiving foods do you like? -- emoticon The roast bird (any other meat serving such as ham, chicken, prime rib), mashed potatoes/gravy, rolls, corn, cranberry sauce, pecan and chocolate pie, peach cobbler emoticon

What ones do you hate? -- anything casserole (especially green bean); stuffing; anything pumpkin emoticon

What foods do you have to have because they are part of the tradition? -- roast bird emoticon

Are you making a healthy alternative to a traditional dish? -- It's Thanksgiving, fer gawd's sake! emoticon Actually...I'm only roasting turkey and none of the traditional sides or desserts.

It will be an all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving for me today. By 3 pm I'll be in the Tryptophan Twilight! emoticon

FIRECOM SparkPoints: (0)
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11/28/13 10:32 A

love every morsel.

AIDEN487 SparkPoints: (14,647)
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11/28/13 10:31 A


MCCC75 SparkPoints: (25,022)
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11/28/13 10:29 A

Love it in moderation! emoticon

11/28/13 10:11 A

Love Thanksgiving Dinner!

Best - Stuffing with Gravy, Pumpkin Pie

Worst - The turkey (but we need it as a cooking vehicle for the stuffing)


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11/28/13 9:38 A

Love it but will go easy on the starches today.

KELLYFIT123 Posts: 1,312
11/28/13 8:34 A

I'm not a big holiday person in general. Holidays were always filled with too much family drama. I don't mind turkey, and my mom's mashed potatoes are to die for, but I'm not having either today. My BF and I are making a pot roast in the crockpot and having mac'n'cheese and roasted Brussels sprouts. Just the 2 of us.

That's why I think it's not a big deal if stores are open on Thanksgiving. Not everyone has a big loving family with whom they want to spend the entire day. I grew up eating holiday meals at noon, so even if stores had been open back then it wouldn't have impacted the day.

I'm not going to be shopping today but I don't think it's a big deal that some people will be.

KKKAREN Posts: 12,754
11/28/13 6:29 A

ARNIE I like the way you say you're cooking things your way when your family comes. For years I endured my Mother's overcooked turkey, rock hard stuffing and loose mashed potatoes. She refused to let anyone help her, heaven forbid if you tried to bring anything, insisted the party be at her house then complained the whole meal about how hard she worked. She finally asked me to take over the cooking but at her house. And I had to cook her recipes. I was thrilled and envisioned my happy day of cooking with the family hanging out in the kitchen and my SIL bringing her special cranberry sauce if she wanted to. Instead I had my Mother hanging over my shoulder questioning everything I was doing. And it happened the next year too. This year I'm going to put my foot down, if she interferes then she will be banished from the kitchen. If that doesn't work then next year she'll get the job back. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

THROOPER62 Posts: 33,094
11/28/13 5:08 A

Love it!

STEELER71 Posts: 8,048
11/28/13 4:53 A

I love it. We stay with the traditional menu that we've used since I've been married. My girls may vary a little bit but basically it's the same.

ROXYCARIN SparkPoints: (95,965)
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11/28/13 3:04 A

Love it!

JANCARD SparkPoints: (116,291)
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11/27/13 11:32 P

Growing up, I just loved the way my mom made everything Thanksgiving-- the turkey, stuffing, sides, desserts, etc., but she's gone now, and I miss her so much.

These days I have Thanksgiving at my SIL, which is a tradition on DH's side. The rest of his family is there and obviously, he enjoys sharing holidays and enjoying meals with his family. While my SIL is a very good just isn't the same comfort food that Mom made. On the calorie side, I guess that's fortunate for me, but sort of a let down emotionally. But on the plus side, I love my in-laws so the company makes the difference.

JIACOLO SparkPoints: (532,725)
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11/27/13 11:23 P

I love the traditional Thanksgiving food my family makes, but mostly because they have memories of family attached to them. I have to rely on my sister-in-law tomorrow to make the food and hopefully there will be many items I can eat.

SUGAR0814 Posts: 5,457
11/27/13 11:23 P

Love it!

KKLENNERT809 Posts: 10,742
11/27/13 11:21 P

I love vegetables of all kinds and any type of pumpkin dessert

ANARIE Posts: 13,175
11/27/13 11:05 P

I do like turkey, although I like turkey sandwiches and casseroles with leftover turkey even more. I live far away from my family, though, so I usually go to some sort of gathering of friends, where everyone brings something from their own tradition. This year I'm having two Thanksgivings. I work in a National Park, so almost everyone is working. One Ranger who gets the day off will roast a turkey and a ham and host a dinner that everyone else joins whenever their shift ends. I'll be one of the later people to arrive, so I'm taking a dessert. (A gingerbread-citrus upside-down cake that I'm making right now.) Usually at that type of gathering there are lots of traditional things and lots of unusual things.

My parents have an RV and spend the winter not too far away from me, so they're going to come on Monday and we'll have a family meal. I bought a turkey on my last grocery shopping trip, and I'll make some sides that are sort of traditional, but made the way *I* want them-- the sweet potatoes will be baked until the natural sugar comes out instead of drenched in butter and brown sugar, for example. The only really unhealthy thing we'll have is pecan pie. When we get together with the extended family there have to be at least three types of pie, so just one is an improvement.

LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,334
11/27/13 10:24 P

I would rather not have green bean casserole or sweet potatoes with marshmallows. I'm fine with most other typical Thanksgiving foods.

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11/27/13 9:56 P


JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (545,191)
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11/27/13 9:46 P

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I love, love, love the turkey and dressing.

ALLYALLYT Posts: 9,468
11/27/13 9:30 P

love the tators and side salads hate the yams

LOLA_LALA Posts: 659
11/27/13 9:23 P

A Mexican-style Thanksgiving feast is on tap in our house tomorrow! Can't WAIT!

A "first" in decades, too!

GLEORIA SparkPoints: (68,659)
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11/27/13 9:12 P

love it especially dressing with cranberry sauce

LADYCJM SparkPoints: (57,456)
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11/27/13 8:54 P

OMG, I'm getting ideas on new things to try ...butter pecan cheesecake sounds heavenly, corn pudding sounds interesting, I'll have to look at some recipes

Waldorf salad sounds good too.

Sorry about your moms hand, sounds like it was really painful.
Our ambrosia is light green, made with pineapple, coconut, walnuts, mini marshmallows and pistachio pudding. My son used to call it toxic waste's still one of his favorite dishes.
I think I'm the only other person who likes it so I wont be making it this year as he won't be here.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,285
11/27/13 11:12 A

Leave it, except for the crescent rolls and green bean casserole

MATTHEW0498 SparkPoints: (32,853)
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11/27/13 10:53 A

Love it, in moderation.

HAPPYCPA1965 SparkPoints: (328,746)
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11/27/13 10:37 A

Love it.

DEPTYDAWG Posts: 111
11/27/13 10:37 A

Love it but not too much

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (236,760)
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11/27/13 10:17 A

no pumpkin pie for us. Mom usually makes a cherry pie for me and a coconut cake for her DH.

She also makes a butter pecan cheesecake that is instant emoticon
so I avoid anything more than a taste (one bite) of the cheesecake

Edited by: OBIESMOM2 at: 11/27/2013 (10:18)
EMPRESSAMQ Posts: 5,077
11/27/13 10:14 A

I love it all, too, but skip it as to me the Thanksgiving turkey has to include stuffing and be followed by pumpkin pie and unless I cook it, none of that is going to be gluten free.

So I am staying at home and making salmon.

Edited by: EMPRESSAMQ at: 11/27/2013 (10:15)
11/27/13 9:59 A

What thanksgiving foods do I like?


OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (236,760)
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11/27/13 9:57 A

love mom's cooking! She makes the best dressing (cornbread based - we are southerners!)

our standards - ham, turkey, cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes with cheddar cheese, ambrosia, homemade cranberry sauce, stuffed prunes

I don't eat ambrosia anymore because I was with mom the year she sliced her hand open getting the meat out of the coconut. Now when I see that pink liquid in the ambrosia I feel queasy. And mom has used frozen coconut since that incident. That trip to the ER was awful!

any 'first timers' to our holiday meals make a face at the stuffed prunes...until they try them. They are stuffed with cream cheese and have 1/2 of a pecan on top

mom makes extra of the cranberry sauce for me. I love it mixed with Greek yogurt. Sis likes that nasty canned jellied crap, so we have that too.

11/27/13 9:49 A

love it and revise unhealthy traditions

JEFFGIRL Posts: 10,973
11/27/13 8:51 A

Love it-it's a special celebration.

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,287
11/27/13 8:51 A

I love everything Thanksgiving....but since changing my lifestyle, I have developed a fondness for more low cal versions of each dish. I take my sweet potatoes baked without anything, I love my green beans amandine, not in a casserole. I do my stuffing loaded with carrots, celery, and mushrooms, And the turkey is not swimming in gravy.

KKKAREN Posts: 12,754
11/27/13 8:29 A

I am the cook at my parents house. We have to have it there and I have to cook their traditional recipes. They are old and set in their ways so I'm going to live with it and enjoy my day. I usually skip things like cranberry sauce, biscuits (I can have them anytime), salad and stick to my favs, mashed potatoes and gravy, turkey, stuffing and brussell sprouts. I practice portion control and do not have seconds. I finish it off with a small piece of pumpkin cheesecake.

CARILOUIE SparkPoints: (94,852)
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11/27/13 8:19 A

I love every Thanksgiving food! I especially like to make turkey sandwiches with cranberry sauce the next day. Potato filling, stuffing... mmmm!

RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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11/27/13 8:12 A

love it! I decide what I love most and eat that. I can do without the mashed potatoes, even though I love them too. My plate will have: turkey, stuffing, squash, cranberry sauce and a little gravy. What I love a lot is the smells ahead of dinner.

KRAFTYKRAFT SparkPoints: (95,137)
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11/27/13 7:52 A

I love the sides: corn pudding, mashed potatoes (no gravy) green beans, corn, waldorf salad and of course the rolls!

I am vegetarian so I won't do the turkey or the stuffing (it has turkey pieces in it)

My mom is really good about using vegetable stock in the side dishes so I know those are safe at home

MAGWINA Posts: 101
11/27/13 1:14 A

Love it. But use a small plate and fill have with fruits and veggies. No second servings, and 1/2 piece of pumpkin pie. Yum

SUNSHINE99999 Posts: 17,698
11/26/13 11:46 P

love it in moderation.

PATTIEMCD Posts: 1,107
11/26/13 10:43 P

Everyone loves my JalapeƱo Stuffing ! I make it every year. Smoked Turkey is our fav.

LADYCJM SparkPoints: (57,456)
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11/26/13 10:30 P

What Thanksgiving foods do you like?
What ones do you hate?
What foods do you have to have because they are part of the tradition?
Are you making a healthy alternative to a traditional dish?

I love the home made crescent rolls and the pumpkin cheesecake.

I would rather have a nice roast instead of turkey. But I do like all of the dishes I can make with the turkey leftovers.

I do not like boring bread dressing, or the even worse cornbread dressing! And I do not like bland mashed potatoes.I also don't like the mushy green bean casserole.

I make a wonderful sausage, chestnut and fennel dressing. I've been asked to make it on several non Thanksgiving occasions but we have to be traditional on T day! ?!?! Because that's the only kind some people will eat, I was told. Funny the same people gorged themselves on the sausage dressing, LOL!

I also found out that only 2 of 20 people who will be at dinner like the green bean casserole. But we HAVE to HAVE it! I suggested that if they want it they should make it and bring it. Surprisingly, they didn't want it badly enough to make it.

I'm making fresh, steamed green beans with red and yellow peppers with homemade mushroom sauce. Toasted almonds and homemade onion rings on the side to accommodate food allergies. (cooking for someone who is allergic to onions can be tough!)

Leftover mashed potatoes will be turned into yummy twice baked potatoes.

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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