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caylee
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« on: November 23, 2014, 10:07:27 AM »

First of all I want to give a belated Thanksgiving wish to all of our Canadian members who had their day on October 13th! Sorry to have missed that day.  Embarrassed

And Happy Thanksgiving to all members who will be celebrating on November 27th.
 
In view of the NY Times article, 
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/11/18/dining/thanksgiving-recipes-across-the-united-states.html?_r=1 ,
which caused such a stir in MN by naming 'Grape Salad' as a favorite side dish,
http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2014/11/19/does-mn-love-grape-salad-for-thanksgiving-the-nyt-thinks-so/ ,

what is your family's favorite side dish for Thanksgiving Dinner?

And if you wouldn't mind, please share the recipe at this link in the forum:
http://itchmoforums.com/off-topic-no-politics/favorite-recipes-t6454.0.html

What do others think of the side dishes listed for your own state by the NY Times? Do you agree of disagree with their choices?

Rather than grape salad, I think the choice for MN should have been for something using either, squash, apples or corn, not grapes!

Creamed corn was one of my favorites - real simple recipe - just corn, milk and add butter with a pinch of salt and pepper. Yum.



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« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2014, 11:40:52 PM »

I have to agree with the NYT on the favorite dish for Maryland, which they say is Sauerkraut.  The recipe given, however, is not the recipe I use.  Sauerkraut is always included in my family's Thanksgiving dinner.  I have inherited the responsibility for making it!  My father taught me how to make it (yes, father!), and he learned from his mother.  There is no recipe written down.  It is a German style sauerkraut that is cooked with pork neck bones and the turkey neck for flavoring, and also has onion, apples, brown sugar, garlic power, and caraway seed in it.  I tried once to measure as I cooked it to give a recipe to my mother-in-law, but I really don't usually measure anything since I have made it so many times that I just have an "eye" for what is right, which is also how my father taught me!  The secret to this sauerkraut dish is to squeeze most of the brine from the sauerkraut and replace it with some water to cover, add the other ingredients, and cook slowly for a long time, which reduces the water, which mixed with the apples and brown sugar makes a sweet/sour "sauce" that is absorbed by the sauerkraut.  It is delicious, and even my husband, who hates sauerkraut, loves this.  If I can find that recipe I wrote down a long time ago for my mother-in-law, which turned out pretty close to how I like it to be, I will post it in the recipe thread. 

Another favorite of my family is Sausage Dressing, which my father also taught me to make.  However, he also taught my brother, so he now takes charge of that dish. 
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« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2014, 08:03:52 AM »

I didn't look at the other states, but I've never heard of the "favorite dish" for Colorado.  It sounds like someone was into the wacky tobacky when they thought that one up!   Roll Eyes Tongue

At this point in my life, my favorite side dish is Calling for Reservations!   Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2014, 06:31:49 AM »

Thanksgiving wishes to you and your loved ones.
catmom5 and the crew
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« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2014, 06:36:27 AM »

Happy Thanksgiving everyone ! Manicotti [or stuffed shells or lasagne] are usually on the table here . I feel guilty because I'm not making any pasta or ham this year .
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« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2014, 05:14:47 AM »

Happy Thanksgiving Day everyone!

Please share with us what you all did
today and what special dishes were on your table this year.

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« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2014, 11:16:10 AM »

Happy Thanksgiving! I'm afraid our favorite side dish is plain old mashed potatoes! If the potatoes aren't done right OMG the world is ending!  Cheesy As a result, I am an expert mashed potato maker!

So the NYT has a weird sourdough kale stuffing side dish for California.  Roll Eyes I can't imagine any self-respecting San Franciscan treating our beloved sourdough like that!
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« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2014, 05:14:36 PM »

Had a nice "traditional" meal with family (I got vegetable lasagna, though) then took Rascal to MSU ER. She has been peeing several times a day, not in the box. I decided that if I came home to more out of box pee, I was taking her in. She likely has a UTI and they sent her home with clavamox and will let me know what the culture and UA show. Said her urine wasn't as concentrated as they'd like, but creatinine was normal, BUN slightly elevated, heart murmur was 3/6 (was 2/6 but she was stressed).

Hope everyone else had some good family/friends time without the ER visit!
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« Reply #8 on: November 27, 2014, 05:16:43 PM »

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Now I'm craving creamed corn and mashed potatoes.
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caylee
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« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2014, 05:32:26 PM »

Hoping that Rascal will be OK now, catmom5.

Sending hugs to you both.
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« Reply #10 on: November 28, 2014, 05:53:13 PM »

I hope Rascal is doing better with the meds !
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« Reply #11 on: November 28, 2014, 05:59:54 PM »

Unfortunately, Rascal has been vomiting this afternoon so we've decided to take her off of the clavamox and see what the culture shows (since the UA was "unremarkable"). So, we're just waiting to see what comes next.
Thanks for thinking of us.
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caylee
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« Reply #12 on: November 28, 2014, 06:31:17 PM »

Hugs for catmom5 and Rascal
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« Reply #13 on: December 21, 2014, 02:54:22 PM »

A belated Happy Thanksgiving to all!
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