Unusual Thanksgiving dishes

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Unusual Thanksgiving dishes
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Tue, 11-23-2010 - 10:05am
In an effort to deflect the inanity that other threads have devolved into, let's do something different. Do you serve any unusual dishes or anything with a special family history? And for those of you who make stuffing, what kind and why? And do you actually stuff the bird?
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Tue, 11-23-2010 - 11:36am

LOL, I will come and be an orphan grad student with you.

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Tue, 11-23-2010 - 11:41am

Our Thanksgiving dinner is basically the same every year.

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Tue, 11-23-2010 - 11:46am

But can we come to class too, if we want? ;) That reminds me, btw, of dh's description of having seminar-cum-dinner parties with Sir Stephen Runciman. The only requirement Runciman had was that there be a bottle of scotch for him, and he lived past 90.

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Tue, 11-23-2010 - 11:51am
LOL! That was the rutabagas for awhile at our house between the time my grandma died and I worked on the recipe. A bit and then I married DH who actually likes them, as do I. My kids have just asked if we can have a banana toffee pie this year. It is not traditional for us but one of my grad stdent brought one last year and it was really good. I guess if we make it this year and next it will become a tradition!
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Tue, 11-23-2010 - 11:53am

I've never liked the green bean casserole thing, either.


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Tue, 11-23-2010 - 11:57am
You would certainly enliven any seminar, so yes! You can come! One of my grad mentors was C. Warren Hollister and he used to demand wine. We joked he graded our seminar papers based on the quality of the wiine we provided when it was our turn. Sort of the 80s version of cademiic grades for boxtops. I guess.
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Tue, 11-23-2010 - 11:59am

LOL, ye have too much faith. I would be too scared to open my mouth, but I like the wine story.

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Tue, 11-23-2010 - 1:25pm

We have several chefs in the family, and they all try to top each other with their dishes. Personally, I don't like it when dishes are too "dressed up," because the flavor of the vegetable (or whatever the featured thing is) is lost under spices and sauces and the like. One year my husband made a "beer can" turkey on the grill, using a spicy rub. It was delicious.

I have a girlfriend whose family has never done the turkey thing (ironically, they are originally from Plymouth, MA). They have a full steamed lobster dinner!

Kevali


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Tue, 11-23-2010 - 2:36pm
We have friends who run a Heavely Ham franchise. They have spaghetti for Thanksgiving.
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Tue, 11-23-2010 - 2:56pm

Hmmmmm ...

We always have layered salad on Thanksgiving. It's my grandma's recipe. I dont' know if it's that unusual though.

And we always have cheesy pineapple. It's my sister's favoriate and usually her contribution to the meal.

And I've been making cranberry salsa the last couple of years.

My mom makes dressing, but we don't stuff the bird (thus calling it dressing instead of stuffing).

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