November 15th, 2007

Share your Thanksgiving food stories

One week ’till Thanksgiving! Last year I wrote about my family’s somewhat unconventional Thanksgiving menu. That of a Thanksgiving barbecue with turkey legs, ribs, potatoes and other foods that don’t really represent what you think of a traditional Thanksgiving meal. But, I reasoned, the spirit of Thanksgiving is about more than food, so who cares what’s on the menu?

The truth is Thanksgiving hasn’t meant that much to me until more recently. That’s not to say that I don’t care for the holiday; I just didn’t grow up with it so what I ate on that day wasn’t as important. One time I made cannelloni for my roommates on Thanksgiving day if that’s any indication … I guess it’s one of those things that slowly seeps into your culture as you spend more time around it, but still there are ways in which we make these holidays uniquely “ours.” I’m sure in Miami, with its various cultural influences, there are many ways in which cooks put their own twist to Thanksgiving meals. Even if it’s as simple as using adobo to season the turkey.

So, I ask, how have you added your twist to Thanksgiving meals? Is there one Thanksgiving dish that you feel is unique to your family?

Bloggers, post your Thanksgiving food story on your blog on or before Thursday, November 22 and send the link to your post by that date to If you don’t have a blog and want to participate, post your story in the comments area. I will post a round-up of all blog entries and the best comments on mango&lime. Oh, and in the spirit of holiday giving, the best two Thanksgiving meal stories receive one of the following books (top entry gets first pick):

David Kamp’s The Food Snob’s Dictionary: An Essential Lexicon of Gastronomical Knowledge

The Food Snob’s Dictionary: An Essential Lexicon of Gastronomical Knowledge

Rick Rodgers’ Thanksgiving 101: Celebrate America’s Favorite Holiday with America’s Thanksgiving Expert

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[tags] food blogging, Thanksgiving [/tags]

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6 Responses to “Share your Thanksgiving food stories”

  1. I’m on it! But of course, it will be done at the last minute…

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  3. One particular dish that my Dad and I love that my Mom always makes, even though she doesn’t like it, is Brussel Sprouts!

    I think they are so Yummy and more people should eat them!

    One other side dish that she always makes for me that is one of my favorites is broccoli with cheese. I don’t know what kind of cheese she uses and what spices but I love it!

    Mom also makes sure there are cranberries for Dad even though the rest of the family says, yuck.

    Thanks Mom for always taking care of me!

  4. Of course,Thanksgiving always brings back memories of food and overeating. My mom’s pies were the best. She had such a knack for rolling out pie dough and making it so tasty and so flaky. She used to make lemon meringue for my dad and coconut cream for my brother and me. She loved pumpkin pie, but no one would eat it so she never made it.

    The best part of the meal was her stuffing. It was just plain bread stuffing with herbs and spices, but it was so good. It was my favorite leftover! Turkey was okay for the main meal and that was plenty for me, but oh that stuffing!!! I guess it was so tantalizing because she never made it any other time of the year.

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  6. Ok, here’s my story! I hope the link works. I’m new at this embedding in a comment thing. Otherwise just check out

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