Tuesday, November 1, 2011

BQOTD: Favorite Thanksgiving Dish

I have this "thing" about holidays--I don't want to talk about Thanksgiving until Halloween is over. Likewise, I don't do the Christmas thing until we've gotten through Thanksgiving. My ONE exception to this rule is all things peppermint (i.e. peppermint lattes, peppermint ice cream, and *hopefully* Dairy Queen will resurrect peppermint Blizzards from their early grave this year), which are acceptable all through Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Anyway...we're now through Halloween, so for today's Burning Question of the Day, I'm wondering:

What's your favorite Thanksgiving dish? Are you all about the turkey? The cranberry sauce? Do you love that good old green bean casserole? Pumpkin pie? Tell me about it (and if you're feeling compelled to share the recipe, I won't complain!).

Justin and I live close to both sets of our parents, and so we do our best to alternate spending dinner with one set and dessert with the other. Sometimes we end up at one person's house for dinner/dessert two years in a row (either accidentally, or to try and see whoever has to work on that day), but so far, everyone has been really nice and not fussed about it at all. Anyway, I tell ya all this because Justin and I joke that we both prefer when we eat dinner at OUR parents' house, because it's Thanksgiving like we remember it as a kid. Don't get me wrong--both my mom and Justin's mom are great cooks, but they just each have their own recipes, and we remember the ones we grew up with!

Anyway, I still love the classic green bean casserole--my mom uses golden mushroom soup instead of cream of mushroom, but to me, that dish just SCREAMS Thanksgiving!


  1. I too love the green bean casserole! I've never tried it with anything other than cream of mushroom soup, but maybe it's time to try? I always add extra fried onions, 'cuz those things are SO DARN GOOD!

  2. My favorites are cranberry sauce (only from the can) and pumpkin pie (also, only from the can, haha). The funniest dish we have every year? Poon. Sweet potatoes, marshmallows, the whole deal. I don't like either, but the fact that it's called "poon" and my family continually turns it into a dirty joke? Priceless.

  3. Oooh... I love any of the carbs - mashed potatoes, dinner rolls, stuffing. Also? Pecan pie. YUM.

    My parents and sister are coming to MY house for Thanksgiving this year! I am so excited.. and a little nervous!!

  4. I have never gathered the guts to try cranberry sauce, lol!! I don't know what it is, but I don't feel cranberries should have the mold of a can.

    I love pretty much all Thanksgiving dishes...especially any ones with sweet potatoes!!

  5. My sister makes the yams every year, and our family tradition is "Yam Balls". They are my thanksgiving requirement - and we make them all November long just because.

  6. Jon and I have been together since high school, and we've always done Thanksgiving the same way... At his mom's house, my parents usually come, too. It's nice because we don't have to pick and choose, we always know what we're going to do.

    And as for my favorite Thanksgiving dish, I love green bean casserole with canned green beans and canned crispy onions! But, I also love homemade cranberry sauce! :)

  7. I dare you Mere! to share your mother's recipe of Green Bean Casserole. Please, please, pretty please! ;)

  8. Truth? I kind of dislike a lot of Thanksgiving foods. Always have. I LOVE it when my dad fries a turkey, and I'm good with mashed potatoes. But the rest of it? Eh.

  9. I love green bean casserole (or as we call it, GBC for short) even though I never had it before I met Jon and his family.
    My favorite is actually after Thanksgiving, when there are still leftovers to be consumed. It's a sandwich called the "cranky Turkey" and it's made by Texas toast bread, leftover turkey, cranberry jelly/sauce, and cream cheese. Some people like it with lettuce but I prefer it without.

  10. My favorite has got to be the stuffing! Oh, and the cranberry sauce. Mmmm!

  11. Um, I like turkey and gravy. And hot cider. And wine. Nothing else. I hate: sweet potato, pumpkin, cranberry, potato, stuffing/dressing....all of it. Can't stand any of it. I'm the worst Thanksgiving guest ever.

  12. My Mom and Gma always boil egg noodles in chicken broth. Nothing super special, but it's my favorite at Thanksgiving and Christmas :)


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