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My granddaughter goes for the Fettucine Alfredo whenever we go out. I'm more of a sea food and red sauce guy if I'm doing Italian food.I'm half Italian so I NEVER EVER have eaten "mac & cheese". I eat what Uncle Carmine used to call "Heart Attack On A Plate", Fettuccine Alfredo...with 4 or 5 spoonfuls of grated Parmesan/Romano
OT mini-rant Alert:I've been catching and eating lobstah since I was a wee lad. If you're going to bake stuff a live lobster, take your chef's knife, turn the lobster on it's back and stab down then back toward the tail from right between the eyes. Instant mortality. Everything that lives makes a particular noise when you put it in boiling or steaming water. Suck it up, buttercups and use your instinct to survive. Nature is not show ponies, unicorns and pretty butterflies...it's not fair and almost always brutal in some fashion.
Or get a frigging cardboard sign, put on your faux mink coats and go walk a PETA protest line outside Abe&Louie's...jeezus krist
My 75 year old father speaks of helping his father throw dead lobsters in the fields to grow a garden for the family.The Narragansetts were using them for fertilizer when the Pilgrims first came ashore
Agree about green bean casserole. But you’re wrong about sweet potato casserole. They should be at the top of the list, but only when served baked in their skin,nswimming in butter. No need to pollute your GI tract with walnuts (canker sore trigger) and refined sugar (did you know brown sugar is refined white sugar moistened with molasses? so, totally fake!). And everything below your ok but nonessential line can go except the pies. They’re keepers.The thing that can be banned is the green bean casserole.
Admit it, you just want to skim off and eat the fried onions on top. Nobody wants the nasty green beans and the cream of mushroom, or whatever else the goop is. Just put out a can of the Durkee fried onions.
sweet potato caserole- none of those marshmallows, though, just walnut / brown sugar buttery yumminess
Stuffing- Pepperidge farm, not too much fancied up, either. Though my Mom made a killer oyster dressing, my wife won't hear it.
cranberry sauce- never, EVER, EVER, from a can, fresh real cranberries, cooked up, sweetened, and chilled, slathered on top of the turkey
turkey- smoked or slow cooked, with gravy, not from a can or even a packet
apple pie - home made, served warm, with vanilla ice cream
bread- homemade yeast rolls or a warm-from-the oven braided bread
OK but non-essential
mashed potatoes - love them, but prefer sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving
ham- if you have turkey haters it is good. My family, other than me, hates pork, so we don't ever have ham. But growing up it topped turkey.
macaroni & cheese - love it, but don't need it
deviled eggs- I am down for a few. But just a few.
pumpkin pie- good to have when the apple pie is all gone, I guess, with whipped cream
pecan pie- far superior, but usually save that for the Christmas spread.
green bean casserole
all salads- just give up the illusion. Not the day to eat lettuce
anthing with jello in it- just no, crowds out stomach space useful for apple pie ala mode
anything totally non-traditional, like sushi, pizza, roasts, lobster, etc. Not bad food, but nothing screams Thanksgiving about it.
Our family discovered that we actually enjoy sweet potatoes - when they're made savory instead of MORE sweet. We started using a tandoori spice mix with them, roasting under high heat, and now we have them quite a bit.It beats those sweet potatoes with marshmallows on them.
Our family discovered that we actually enjoy sweet potatoes - when they're made savory instead of MORE sweet. We started using a tandoori spice mix with them, roasting under high heat, and now we have them quite a bit.
One of the keys of expanding the palette is balancing flavors - instead of doubling down on the flavor profile (adding another sweet element to an already sweet food) always try another component - salt, bitter, sour, or savory.
Not so fast my friend! Walnuts are ppund for pound the most powerful anti-inflammatory food in thek world! I found this out to my shock when I went to the official arthritis website. My left hip is bone on bone and Im awaiting total hip replacement surgery after which I'll be bionic! But in the meantime I work and workout every day so whatever helps reduce the pain and inflammation Im for it.No need to pollute your GI tract with walnuts (canker sore trigger)