Week of Thanksgiving: Side Dishes

We all know about the turkey, let’s talk side dishes.

Cranberry sauce really depends on the recipe you use. Here is the cranberry sauce I am making. I like it because It’s not soupy cranberry sauce, but it does not come out of a can. Even though I can’t deny that it’s very fun try to get the cranberry sauce out of the can in one piece.

You know my feelings about stuffing. Stuffing has a high risk of contamination by being stuffed into a raw turkey and then cooked in there. I don’t do stuffing. I have bad memories about stuffing. Like squishing my hand into a bowl filled with bread and milk. Ick.

I have never eaten corn pudding. I have never been in the same room with corn pudding. I have never  even seen corn pudding in real life. I am not a reliable source of information on corn pudding. What is corn pudding?

I used to loooove mashed potatoes. Like, love them. I would have eaten them every night. Now I tolerate them. I think there are a ton of better ways to cook potatoes other than pulverizing them.

There is a stereotype that here we eat sweet potato (some people call them yams) casserole with little marshmallows on top. In defense in this stereotype, sweet potato casserole with little marshmallows on top would fit in very well in Iowa. I have never actually seen sweet potato casserole with little marshmallows on top. I hope I never do see it. Let’s briefly pause to wonder who invented this, um, interesting combination. I’ll bet anything they lived in Iowa. I’ll also bet that Paula Deen has a sweet potato casserole with marshmallow recipe.

Pie. Pie is the only reason to celebrate Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is just a reason to make a bunch of pie and not get annoyed looks for making a mess. I celebrate Thanksgiving for the pumpkin pie. Pecan pie is good, too. But not as good as pumpkin pie.

Then you have your vegetables. Is there a traditional Thanksgiving vegetable? Root vegetables? Squash, maybe? I don’t care as long as it’s not asparagus.

If all this food sounds delicious to you, then that’s just lovely. But, remember, after you have your 5th leftover turkey sandwich, you will be wishing you never had any turkey ever in your life. Unless you love turkey. I don’t love turkey. If you are an Iowan, I am begging you not to make leftover turkey jello. Please do not try making turkey jello.  It will look like this.

If this looks appealing to you then you ought to go get your taste buds tested.

Have a great almost Thanksgiving,




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