It's Almost Here!

By MAYS Latest Reply 2012-12-10 00:29:32 -0600
Started 2012-11-17 18:41:05 -0600

The Thanksgiving Holiday is almost here, (November 22) in the USA.
What is your favorite dish to eat, or your specialty to cook for this wonderful holiday?
Enjoy the day, give thanks and praise, amd if you can help someome please do so.


47 replies

tabby9146 2012-11-21 09:39:00 -0600 Report

besides the turkey and dressing, which are my very faves…(oh and barring dessert) Id have to say sweet potato casserole! I try to make mine with a lot less sugar ,and it tastes great. Love those sweet taters! As far as desserts, I love almost evrything, I love those pecan pies, sweet potato pies, pumpkin pies , lemon, cocount, almost all of them. I make pumpkin pies often this time of year, sometimes healthier and sometimes regular ones. I do indulge and have larger servings at Thanksgiving and I don't worry about it, gotta do it sometimes.

tabby9146 2012-11-21 09:40:41 -0600 Report

oh and mashed potatoes!! white potatoes have always been a fav of mine, though I rarely eat them anymore, my family never has had them at thanksgiving, I guess because of the dressing, and I am kind of glad. we go to my in laws every year and my mother comes too, (father has been gone many yrs) they have seafood gumbo, turkey, dressing, with everything that goes with it all, and here in the south, especially when we have gumbo, we gotta have our tater salad! LOL

alanbossman 2012-11-20 06:51:13 -0600 Report

Mays, Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving and be safe,I think deviled eggs are my go to food and some Turkey

Set apart
Set apart 2012-11-20 06:13:42 -0600 Report

Hi Mays, Happy Thanksgiving to you and thank you for always helping others! My favorite dish believe it or not used to be mashed potatoes with red chili. Sounds crazy, but I loved it, now I eat the chili with turkey. My mom, bless her heart, has figured out how to make my favorite desser sugar free, it's call Heath Bar, it has sugar free puddings, some nuts, layers of cream cheese something??? And a thin crust of Graham crackers. I am very careful with this and do count my carbs, only have had it a few times, it's delicious!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2012-11-19 17:43:08 -0600 Report

I LOVE sweet potatoes. Unfortunately, I am intensely hypoglycemic so I only get a little spoonful. Happy Thanksgiving!

Caroltoo 2012-12-10 00:03:04 -0600 Report

Now that's a reaction I would expect from one of us with diabetes. How do sweet potatoes react with hypoglycemia — do you go lower?

tabby9146 2012-11-21 09:41:58 -0600 Report

I did not know you were so hypo. sorry you can hardly have any, sweet potatoes have always been one of my fave foods. I love to bake them, sometimes I cook them and mash them up in dishes and of course, for me now they take the place of white potatoes, so I eat even more of them now.

Jan8 2012-11-19 08:49:11 -0600 Report

cranberry sauce,salad ,pumpkin pie or any pie. I will try to stay away from the pie. It's not worth the way my body's been acting.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-11-19 01:43:03 -0600 Report

Hi, Mays. My husband does the everyday cooking(a chef) anyway, but I put my order in for stuffing. He and my nephew in law are cooking this year as he has a new house, and us girls will clean up. Nothing sexier then having a man cook for you!! Happy Thanksgiving to me:D

msann 2012-11-18 22:36:39 -0600 Report

hey guys i just like dressing and gravy some cranberry sauce i really just dont be all that hungrey have a great thanksgiving!!!!!!

CJ55 2012-11-18 21:30:37 -0600 Report

Hello Mays.. I love Turkey, mashed potatoes & cranberry sauce. For the first time ever, my husband, brother, son & myself are heading to Florida for a festive Thanksgiving with my 1st & 2nd cousins. All of our parents, grandparents, aunts & uncles have all passed in the past 6 years. 4 just this year. So we all decided to join together what is left of our small family and give thanks and praise for what we have and love. it may never happen again, and time is going by so fast these days.
This time of year is always a time to think of others less fortunate than ourselves. During the holidays we try to do more than usual. We went to our local shelter today, a nice place where people can go and have a nice hot meal and a great cup of coffee.. and donated several large grocery bags of food and 5 Turkeys. We also donated the same to our local Shelter for battered women and their children. We do this every year and boy, does it warm my heart hoping I have put a smile on someones face, if only for a few minutes. We will do the same again for christmas, but, with a bit of something extra. There are 15 of us who all year long buy gifts for adults and children. A wide variety of different things ranging from toiletries to bicycles. They are given out at both shelters on christmas eve. What a joy to see a beautiful child's eyes light up when they receive a gift from Santa. That is what life is all about.
Thank you all for listening.
From my home to ALL on DC.. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

troublemaker27 2012-11-18 19:32:32 -0600 Report

hi everyone i been in the hospital since august but i'm doing good and about to leave in december to my new day program.
so what are you all doing for thanksgiving?
well i'm going to my cousin's house she's a good cook.
she wakes up at 5a.m. to do the cooking by the time i get there she's tired.
but it's great to see the family.
see you all later.
happy christmas and happy thanksgiving

Nick1962 2012-11-18 18:26:50 -0600 Report

I'm on my own this year and since working in the food industry (and being primary cook at home) for far too long I am not cooking a traditional Thanksgiving meal that will take all day to make and be gone in 20 minutes. Since I live in a neighborhood with a lot of different cultures (I sometimes forget it's only us americans who celebrate thanksgiving), I will enjoy my feast of steak, a mess of Kimchi my korean neighbors have graciously offered, and a spinach salad with goat cheese dressing. I donate the money we would have spent on the meal to a local restaurant that serves the needey free on thanksgiving.

jigsaw 2012-11-20 08:14:00 -0600 Report

Just curious, is Kimchi a hot & spicy pickled cabbage dish? Years ago, a friend of mine married a girl from Korea. She made this cabbage dish that was out of this world. Not sure, but Kimchi sounds familiar.

Nick1962 2012-11-20 08:37:29 -0600 Report

Yes, yes it is, and if it's made right, you actually sweat the stuff out your pores for a day after. Traditional is just fermented chili peppers with chinese cabbage. Some still go through the work of burying it in a clay pot for 3 days. It's very labor intensive, so I accept it with reverence.

jigsaw 2012-11-20 18:35:01 -0600 Report

She definitely made it right ! That's why I can't eat it anymore. I love hot and spicy, but after too many years, my gut doesn't !

Nick1962 2012-11-21 09:36:55 -0600 Report

There are claims the stuff has health benefits, but I hear ya on the stomach issues. It doesn’t seem to bother me as much as I’d think, might be something in the fermentation process that calms it down, but I have more trouble with a slice or two of pepper cheese. The stuff is addicting.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-11-18 19:34:28 -0600 Report

Nick I don't cook all day. I cook and freeze. I won't be cooking Turkey until Friday morning and the sweet potatoes that afternoon. We are going out for dinner Thursday and Friday evening.

Nick1962 2012-11-18 20:00:19 -0600 Report

Joyce, once my mother got older, she enjoyed having the family around, but the activity really wore on her so we went out for thanksgiving dinner also and had dessert at her place. I think those were some of the best times. Me and my sisters had to be on our best behavior at the restaurant so we didn't fight.
I will prep ahead as much as I can, but I really don't like frozen stuff or leftovers (I'm funny that way), so the typical T-day for me is a solid 8 hours in the kitchen.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-11-18 20:18:20 -0600 Report

The thought of taking my mom to a restaurant on Thanksgiving never crossed our minds. Must have been the fear of being killed if we said that. We were always at someone's house for Thanksgiving and mom and her sisters didn't mind cooking for our rather large family. Once mom got to the point she couldn't cook, my sister and I did it with moms assistance. from another room or we went to a family members house for dinner. These days with just one Aunt left we still continue the family traditions. The problem is unless we stay home, we have buffet style dinner. No one in the family has a table big enough for 50-70 people. Not that everyone is at the house at one time.

I don't mind frozen foods if I cook them but there are some things that I will not eat if it is left over. I also do not like my food touching. Makes me crazy…lol

Nick1962 2012-11-19 07:51:14 -0600 Report

It was different every year for us. Both my parents were previously married w/kids so holidays were usually always split. Had one sister in the military, and many of us worked in health care and restaurants so someone always worked a holiday. The trend continued as my wife and I are both seconds as well so there was never a good solid tradition with me.

Never understood that food touching thing myself. Have a friend who's the same way. Can't tolerate his toast touching his eggs in the morning but has no problem eating egg McMuffins.

tabby9146 2012-11-21 09:45:19 -0600 Report

I never understood the touching thing ,my brother is that way, many foods can't touch each other, and he eat salad with NO dressing, plain hamburgers, nothing else on them, and he doesn't like many foods together like in casseroles, I used to tell him as a kid, that he was weird. lol

Nick1962 2012-11-21 10:04:42 -0600 Report

I don’t get it either, I think it’s a form of OCD. These folks can be entertaining though – me and my buddy had dinner in a down home place that served meatloaf with mashed and gravy. There was substantially more gravy in the well of potatoes than he was used to and I watched as he carefully spooned up just a few mashed to dip in gravy, almost engineer like to keep that little lake of gravy from breaking through the dam and flooding his meatloaf.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-11-19 11:28:45 -0600 Report

LOL has to come together to touch such as a sandwich or salads or soups. Mashed potatoes and peas can never touch etc… I also only eat M&M's by color. Yes I am strange…lol

We have always had holiday traditions. There have been times exes have been at family gatherings.

Nick1962 2012-11-19 16:07:55 -0600 Report

Bwah ha ha. No you’re not that strange Joyce, I have my rituals as well. If I can help it, plate lays out with the protein at 12:00, vegetables at 4:00 and starch (if any) at 8:00. I always start on vegetable first (they cool off too quick) and the last bite left on my plate is meat or protein. If it’s soup/salad with a sandwich, the sandwich is always last bite. Don’t know why I do this and have even tried to deliberately change it, but always fall back into the same routine.

DeanaG 2012-11-18 07:25:42 -0600 Report

Turkey and deviled eggs.
I got a request for my deviled eggs for my husband's company potluck next week.
Last year I made 4 dozen for their potluck and they were the first thing to go and now they are requested for every company function. ;-)

liquorish 2012-11-18 13:07:40 -0600 Report

Hello DeanaG. My mother used to make great deviled eggs, and my aunt also. Unfortunately they did not write them down. Would you mind sending it along? Liquorish

MAYS 2012-11-18 07:39:18 -0600 Report

Well done!
Seeing that your deviled eggs are such a big hit and requested at every company function, have you ever given it any thought of possibly catering in the future?
" DeanaG's Deviled Eggs" has a nice little ring to it!…Enjoy the holiday!

JSJB 2012-11-17 23:03:01 -0600 Report

Besides the turkey my favorite dish is the stuffing and what does not fit in the bird my wife puts in pyrex pie dishes and bakes mmmm mmmmm mmmmm oh don't let me forget the sweat patotoes. Now Im hungry.

liquorish 2012-11-18 13:10:21 -0600 Report

Hello JSJB. I wonder if your wife could answer a question. I heard a lady the other day say she wanted DRESSING not STUFFING. I thought they were one and the same. Does your wife know what the difference could be? Liquorish

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-11-17 22:39:55 -0600 Report

I went knocking on neighbors doors last week to get names of people needing food baskets for the holiday. I am glad my neighbors who really needed help were willing to sign up for them.

Mays if you get the chance, Google Bea Gaddy. She is a woman who took winnings from a lottery ticket to stat feeding people in her community. It grew to a major event. Each person who comes to eat dinner gets a bag of groceries, a coat, hat and gloves, and blankets if they are homeless.

One year she was looking for a place or a restaurant to cook Turkeys. Prisoners at one of the prisons said they would do it. The prison said no. The prisoners threaten to protest and were allowed to do it. They took on the job of cooking most of the food including desert. Many said for all they know one of their family members in need would be eating at her Thanksgiving Dinner. She fed well over 10,000 people. Practically everything was donated to her. She ran for City Council and won. Sadly she passed away from Breast Cancer several years ago but to this day, her legacy lives on. Her daughter's steeped up to the plate and continued what she started.

It is amazing what a person can do if they are willing to lend a hand to help someone. So everyone if it is no more than a can of something or a loaf of bread please give to those in need. I bought canned goods today for an organization outside of Wal-mart. You never know when you or someone you know will need help. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-11-17 20:29:39 -0600 Report

My favorite dish for Thanksgiving is sweet potato casserole with marshmallows. This is the only way and time I will eat a marshmallow. When I learned how to make gravy under moms watchful eyes, I loved doing it. Today I use fresh sage on the turkey, in the dressing and gravy. Which reminds me, I have to go in the yard and raid the sage plant. Happy Thanksgiving.

jayabee52 2012-11-17 19:59:29 -0600 Report

happy thanksgiving y'all

I plan to be in the air, returning to LV on Thanksgiving hopefully with SuzyQ, (but if she doesn't get her act together, she'll have to come on her own at her own time.) I have delayed my dialysis too long now, and now HAVE to take care of myself for a bit now.