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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Hump Day Poll: Gobble Til Ya Wobble



Can you believe Thanksgiving is a week from tomorrow? 

I always like to hear what people have as staples on their Thanksgiving table because so much of it is a regional thing.  Since y'all are probably going to be busy next Wednesday, I thought we'd make that this week's fun poll.

Ours is turkey, grandma's noodles, mashed potatoes (me), stuffing (me), cheeseball if someone makes it and I don't, deviled eggs (bleck),  a can or two of veggies (usually corn and/or green beans), dinner rolls, and desserts.  Someone grabs store-bought pumpkin pie because most people like that.  The Mr and I prefer my light pumpkin pie with gingersnap crust.  So I make that for us (others always dig into it though), apple pie (me) and this year I'm making dark chocolate pecan pie because I want two pieces to save back for the weekend but without the temptation of having more of it hanging around so I'll take it with us.  I bought a 3 tier pie stand last year, so it's going to get a workout this year.

I remember as a kid my great aunt made oyster dressing, and I actually loved it.  I sure do miss her.  (She is still with us but in Florida.)

What is on your Thanksgiving table?  Does it differ from what you had as a kid?  Any relatives known for a dish that makes it a holiday like my grandma's noodles?

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14 comments:

  1. Pecan Rolls! We would have those in addition to the "normal" rolls but I always went straight for those. My grandma made them, or so I thought, but turns out she bought them at the store and doctored them up to be even more decadent. Man they were good and I miss having those at Thanksgiving and Christmas!

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    1. Please remind me when we're at Shaw's to get some of those and I'll doctor 'em up like Grandma at Christmas. ;-)

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  2. My mom and I can cook, but neither of us truly enjoys it and all of our extended family lived/lives out of state so it was always just us. I could actually do without the whole shebang and go with a lasagna or something. I love green bean casserole, but no-one else does so I don't make it anymore. I love your gingersnap pumpkin pie cups and I usually make those a couple of times in the fall but go with a traditional pumpkin pie on the big day.

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    1. Aww, you should make yourself a little green bean casserole since it's so easy to throw together. (I made mine ahead and froze it, we had it last week and it was perfect!) So glad you still love the pie cups! One of our faves!

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  3. oooh - will you share your pumpkin pie with gingersnap crust recipe? That sounds awesome! Turkey, my grandma's cornbread dressing, great aunt's ice box yeast rolls, spinach souffle, and gravy are required. We usually have mashed potatoes (why?) and my mom makes a terrific sweet potato souffle. We go my my husband's family's gathering and there is always a bunch of other stuff, but honestly I only care about the food that has sentimental value so its pretty easy not to overeat. We have essentially the same thing at Christmas, so that's when we make sure to have all the special family recipes. We'll make 1 or 2 things for the gathering and I won't bring home any leftovers. I'm saving my pumpkin pie (made with fresh pumpkin - my granddad used to grow them for the occasion) for Xmas.

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    1. Here's a link to the recipe I use:

      https://www.mrskringleskitchen.com/2016/11/22/light-pumpkin-gingersnap-pie/

      It's SOOOO good and 100+ calories lighter than its store bought counterpart!

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  4. Tradition is key in our family. My mom was always the hostess and the best cook. Now that I do it, I wonder how on earth she got everything on the table at the same time and hot! I still make her and my dad's dressing, have to have butternut squash, mashed potatoes and gravy, peas and carrots for the kids and creamed cauliflower for us old-timers. And we have to have bisquits/rolls, although I don't know why since that's the last thing I'm going to eat on Thanksgiving! And we always have my pecan pie and my sister's bread pudding for dessert and I always make the kiddos a chocolate triffle of some sort. I need to unbutton my pants just talking about all that food! Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!

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    1. It is truly a juggling act, isn't it? The Mr always marvels at how I (most of the time) get everything to the table hot because it doesn't happen that way when he tries, bless his heart. Sounds like a yummy spread!

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  5. Our traditional turkey and stuffing recipe goes back several generations back in my maternal grandfather's line, at least to the generation that came over from Germany in the late 1800s. The stuffing has ground veal liver and chestnuts. It's the only liver or veal I eat. The rest of the meal is insane and we always spend the weekend eating leftovers: ham, mashed potatoes, baked sweet potatoes, gravy, and fresh cranberry sauce are required. There are more sides but they have changed over the years. Lately it has been broccoli cheese casserole because it's easy to make ahead of time. In the past there was a jello salad and Mom still makes that at Xmas if my step sister is visiting. The side with the best story is the cole slaw.

    My Mom's mother was the first grandparent I lost. I think I was in 6th grade. Mom would have still been in her 30s. Too young (as if there is a good time to lose a parent). Mom's parents and her youngest brother's family used to come to our house for Thanksgiving. The first one after grandma died, my uncle went on and on about how wonderful the meal was. He was so worried it wouldn't be the same and marveled at how perfectly matched the cole slaw was. He mentioned it so often that Mom finally confessed why: grandma's cole slaw was from KFC, with the addition of some crushed pineapple and paprika. He still hasn't gotten over the betrayal.

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    1. Wow now that's a meal steeped in history, tradition and... betrayal! Bwaaahaha! Your grandma isn't the only one. My grandma did it too for cookouts! The betrayal runs deep with that generation but hey, they did it right! I'll have to try your version for the next cookout in the summer! :D

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    2. It was a great lesson for me once I starting having folks over. The tastiest and easiest spread is a mix of favorite scratch recipes and bought items with an added touch.

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  6. It's changed a little over the years, but typically it's turkey, cheesy hashbrown potatoes, mashed potatoes, stuffing, corn, salad with Good Seasons Italian Dressing, dinner rolls, and jellied cranberry sauce. At times there's been green bean casserole as well. For dessert I always made cranberry bread and banana bread to share with mom to take home, and we'd have pumpkin pie or a fruity salad with yogurt mixture instead of sour cream. We've cut back over the years since there's so few of us now so it's a turkey breast, cheesy potatoes, rolls, and broccoli spears with a bit of butter sauce. I think I'm going to make just a small batch of mashed potatoes (still on the fence about making them) but skip the stuffing this year. For dessert I may do mini pumpkin pies since the hubs isn't a big fan, but when he saw I bought the new Cool Whip with Oreo Cookies mixed in, his eyes lit up like the tree. LOL I want to make a jello mold too just because they are pretty and I love jello. =o)

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    1. That all sounds delicious! It's good you keep your favorites and still do the baby pumpkin pies because treat yo'self! You should totally do the mashed potatoes. You can just do a wee batch. I microwave the potatoes (after poking them a fork) for 6 minutes, add a little milk and pat of butter and stir. DONE! LOL I'll have to try that Cool Whip, YUM!

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  7. Ours is usually pretty basic. Turkey, dressing,taters corn, green bean casserole, deviled eggs, canned cranberries, cherry pie, pumpkin pie and rolls. My kids go crazy over my dressing and even when we go somewhere else for Thanksgiving they make me bring it. It's the basic sausage sage dressing but I have to make two huge pans of it. The other thing my kids love is turkey gravy and dressing sandwiches, it's an Iowa Classic, Bread on bread. It's a hard holiday for me because in 2010 the day before Thanksgiving is when my husband was diagnosed with cancer. We faked our way through Thanksgiving dinner with guests. Then we had a party for my husband's birthday the next day and told everyone.

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