Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tell me your favorite Thanksgiving dish!

Yes, yes, yes, I have a lot to be grateful for, and I promise to write down and/or vocalize all those things tomorrow.  But for now, I wanna talk food!  Thanksgiving is a very important holiday in my family . . . and sadly for me, they live all the way across the country.  I haven't been home for Thanksgiving in probably ten years!  (It's so close to Christmas that it just doesn't make sense to come home twice).  And so, for years, I've celebrated the . . .


a la Felicity circa 1998.  Remember that?  It was an important one.

In any case, I still make a lot of the dishes my mama and daddy and nana and aunties make.  Here is one thing that I decidedly do not eat:

or as I prefer to think of them,


Haha!  No hatin' on those of you who do eat the bird, though.  I respect tradition!  I just personally stick to tofurkey. ;)  Once, on a Thanksgiving day when we were little kiddos, my (younger) sister came up to me and announced "There is a dead bird in our fridge!"  I did not eat turkey that year.  Nor have I for the past 15 years.  ha!

But I'm still all about Thanksgiving and the delish food that comes with it.  I have two favorites, and I insist on making both of them every single year.  My daddy's stuffing (the vegetarian version, and I promise you'd think it's good!) and my mama's squash casserole.  Oh man.  

This year I am also making nana's cranberry sauce (which involves orange marmalade and crystallized ginger and pecans) and most likely her sweet potato souffle (with crumbled pecans and brown sugar on top, and absolutely no marshmallows!).  

So far on our menu:

macaroni & cheese
brussel sprouts
mashed potatoes
squash casserole
cranberry sauce
sweet potato souffle
green bean casserole
pecan pie
pumpkin pie

I'm dying to know--what's on yours?  What do you have to have every year at Thanksgiving?  Are you the chef, or is someone else?  My roommate and I split duties, and our friends are each bringing a dish.  My goal is to have everything ready and in the oven by 1 pm, when the Saints take on the Cowboys!!

Happy Thanksgiving!


Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...


Diana Mieczan said...

For the past few years we spend Thanksgiving with our friends. My favourites are: stuffing and pies...I love pumpkin pie:)

Ps: I am hosting a beautiful pillows GIVEAWAY today, just in time for Christmas.

Malia Jackson said...

I LOVE green bean casserole, I can't deny it. Always my favorite. I've also been perfecting my brussels sprouts skills as of late, to keep things a little classier.

I miss having Thanksgiving at your house! The year that Lil Bow Wow dumped your entire cup of wine into my shoe will live on forever.

I'm going to Noah's family's this year in PA. His parents moved out of their childhood home a couple months ago, but Noah's youngest brother and his wife live there now, so the house is the same even though the hosting duties have shifted. I'm not even sure who's cooking, but I can't wait to get on the train this afternoon!


Ashley said...

I have to have sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green beans, and cranberry sauce with my turkey! =) But i'm down to try new things as well.

My most favorite thanksgiving was actually spent crabbing in was pouring and we were eating crab in an RV by the ocean. Tradition is fun but sometimes a little escape is the best!

Happy Thanksgiving!!! =)

Kate Kiefer said...

does this mean i'm responsible for your vegetarianism?

Maria said...

what a beautiful header! HAppy Thanksgiving!

Krystal said...

whoa do you have an extra plate for me???? I like a good corn casserole, my grandma makes the best and it's so easy :)

bklyn76 said...

sweet potato souffle?!?! sounds divine!

my fave dishes are all the sides. i really could do without the bird, but i can't get enough of the stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet pots, green bean casserole, mac'n'cheese...oh, the list is endless!

shelly said...

ok...a) felicity is like my fav show ever. i have every episode on dvd--->dork here. b) no turkey on my table either. c) baked mac and cheese, sweet pot casserole, broccoli au gratin, mashed pots with home made noodles sent from IL, and pumpkin pie with bourbon whipped cream...oh and rolls!

thanksgiving is my favorite holiday hands down....and i haven't been home for one in 10 yrs either :)

hope you have a great day tomorrow!!

ps- we already did our markdowns...the shoes did not go on sale :( we can wait tho and see if they do

bananas. said...

i love the meat...not so much the bird but like you i can appreciate tradition. that said i have to have two things every thanksgiving:

1. grandma's turkey...if you ate turkey i'm fairly certain you would love this recipe.

2. dave's mom's portuguese stuffing...another non-veggie dish that is!

Annie Cristina said...

My favorite Thanksgiving nosh will forever and always be stuffing. Amen.

Happy Thanksgiving! :D

Phoenix Peacock said...

I'm the chef.
some of my family's traditional plates include a cranberry jello mold (sounds gross but it is drool-worthy good), and french silk pie.
and we start our day with a belgium waffle breakfast!

Rach said...

I never thought about having Mac N Cheese with Thanksgiving dinner but that sounds soooo yummy! My must-haves are sweet potatoes and a broccoli cheese casserole thing that my mom makes. I also cannot eat turkey without it drenched in cranberry sauce. yummm. I am most definitely not the chef, but I'm helping more and more each year so that I have a clue when it comes time for me to make holiday dinner.

Miss Adri said...

My favorite Thanksgiving dish is.... the dessert! lol :D I love pies! Almost any kind will do!


Jen said...

Let's see, I'm going to my parents' house, and if I remember properly, the menu consists of...
mashed potatoes
candied sweet potatoes
green bean casserole
butternut squash
Italian cookies
various pies and desserts

I cannot do without the candied sweet potatoes and the green bean casserole -- those are my favorites.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Marina said...

Happy Thanksgiving!
It's my first time here and I liked your page

Have a nice day

Faiza said...


I love turkey at Thanksgiving and Xmas and in a sandwich with avocado and cheese! (Is it lunch time yet?)

The savoury sides are the best! Especially when they have gravy on them like a good mashed potato or baked potato or roasted potatos. Let's be honest...whatever takes my mind off french fries. Sigh.

heather yalin said...

Happy Thanksgiving, dear beautiful you! I wish I could be there to bring you something too! I'll probably make some apple crisp to use up some of the ingredients we still have in the cupboard here :) There are a few other gringos down here to celebrate with. Though, there's also a lot of backpackers, so it's always a little odd.

Nicole Marie said...

hahah that's funny. i love me my turkey but mashed potatoes are my FAVORITE!!!

~KS said...

I HAVE to have green bean casserole and mashed tators. HAVE TO!

I love the idea of Friendsgiving... I never watched Felicity, but I think perhaps I should.

Happy Thanksgiving to you my friend!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

We also do a hashbrown casserole and butterscotch brownies for a dessert.

Gracie said...

Ahh wow! Your Thanksgiving lunch/dinners all have such fantastic food! One day I will have to experience a real American Thanksgiving. Have a wonderful weekend with good food and company.

ag. said...

mashed potatoes are my absolute fave!! i pile them on to my plate every year! yummmm!

Mrs.B said...

I have to cook my first Thanksgiving meal this year...and I am 100 ways of nervous.

My favorite side, any time of the year, homemade mac and cheese!Nothin' says lovin' like pasta!

*love all the posts on this thread!

Jazzy E (hivennn) said...

awh lovely. anything with garlic potatoes makes me smile ;) x hivennn.

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this free bird said...

Claire I'm thinking I should've rolled on over to your place for Friendsgiving (swoon that you mentioned quite possibly the BEST felicity ep ever). I managed to consume turkey (sowee), copious amounts of mashed potatoes and gravy, grilled brussels and sweet potato (yum!), green beans, pumpkin caramel tart, apple/cherry cobbler and fell off the gluten wagon for Kings Hawaiian rolls...I don't know what was my fave. Hmmmm. All of it??

A good mashed potato with a pile of stuffing can really make even the worst day a winner!!


this free bird said...

ps-got leftovers??

hope you had a GREAT day!! :)

Catherine said...

Roasted root vegetables! And of course, pumpkin pie!!