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thanksgiving stories (sunday setup 11/18/12)

< by Jill >

On Saturday night, I attended my first-ever Friendsgiving, a.k.a. “Urban Family Thanksgiving.”

Dozens of traditional dishes crammed onto the dining-room table, creating a colorful mosaic of carbs, protein, and Pyrex. As I circled the buffet, heaping my plate with more than one bite of everything, I noticed some deviations from the norm: pulled-pork sliders, cardboard cartons filled with buffalo wings, beef gravy, and French macaroons.

As I surveyed the guests, it came to light that these dishes are regarded as “traditional” to the individuals who brought them. Much to my surprise, the question came back to me, “Why do your mashed-potatoes have skins in them?” Well, that’s traditional, right? At least, that’s how potatoes get mashed in my household.

Holidays are replete with traditions, and many of these traditions center around food — how it’s prepared, how it’s served, and what it means. Since we’re barreling toward America’s foremost food holiday, it seems only fitting to highlight a group of stories that relate to dining traditions, particularly Thanksgiving ones. In an uncommon twist, a few entries this week will include recipes.

So open your mind (and tummy) for the possibility of adding a new tradition to your Thanksgiving table.


  Malkire wrote @

This year we are hosting our family thanksgiving for the first time and introducing some new “traditional” foods. It is a exciting holiday time. Your post on being open during this hectic season is excellent.

  abreakfastserial wrote @

Do tell! What are you adding to the menu? I’m so fascinated by the variety of traditions I’ve encountered already this year!

  Malkire wrote @

We have never had green beans on the menu so this year we decided to do a quick steamed green bean with goat cheese, bacon, and cranberries. I am hoping it is a hit with the family!

  amphomma wrote @

I experienced new traditions as my husband and I got married 11 years ago and our families began celebrating holidays together: I come from a Louisiana-French family, where we commonly have gumbo with our left-over turkey, and my husband comes from a Lao-Vietnamese family, where Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without my mother-in-law’s eggrolls! Keeping an open mind is always a good approach!

  abreakfastserial wrote @

OoOoOh! I want to come to your family’s Thanksgiving. Turkey gumbo sounds AMAZING!

  amphomma wrote @

It is!! Even better, my father-in-law has taken over the turkey duties, as he deep-fries it out in the yard. If we don’t do turkey gumbo, we lean towards the other side of the family and do turkey pho. Both delicious!! Can’t wait!

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