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Title: What Holiday Food Taditions Do You NOT Like?
Post by: Thipu1 on October 10, 2011, 09:51:13 AM


In my family, Holiday meals had to include creamed onions.  Nobody liked them, nobody ate them but they always had to be on the menu. 

There was also the mince pie.  Pumpkin pie? Sure!  Cream pie?  Cut me a slice!  Fruit pie?  Do you need to ask?  Mince pie?  No thanks.  Still, the mince pie had to be there every Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

There is the persistent legend about the mummified fruit cake that made the rounds in a family for at least a quarter century. 

I don't know a single person of Scandanavian descent who really likes lutefisk. 

Are there dishes in your traditionalHoliday menus that you really dislike?
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Post by: Black Delphinium on October 10, 2011, 09:52:39 AM
Sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce(but I do like juice), pecan pie.
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Post by: Bibliophile on October 10, 2011, 09:55:26 AM
Sweet potatoes & pumpkin pie.   
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Post by: Lisbeth on October 10, 2011, 09:57:21 AM
Coming from a different tradition, there are foods associated with Jewish backgrounds that I don't like, including matzo brie and felafel.

For Thanksgiving, maybe ham (because I do keep kosher and pork is not), but that's it.  I love the rest of the menu-turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, pumpkin or other pie.  Yum.  (My parents also serve this menu on Rosh Hashanah-as alternatives, they might serve pot roast or stuffed cabbage.  It's taken me some time to appreciate a good pot roast, but at this point in my life I enjoy it.)
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Post by: Wonderflonium on October 10, 2011, 09:57:47 AM
Sweet potatoes (although I enjoy picking off the marshmallows on top  ;D).

As a kid, I hated saurkraut on New Year's Day. Now I like it.
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Post by: camlan on October 10, 2011, 09:58:55 AM
Sweet potatoes with marshmallow--seriously, who thought that combo up?

Pie. Any pie. I'd rather have fruit cake.

Cranberry sauce.

Gravy with giblets. (Plain gravy is fine.)

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Post by: Sharnita on October 10, 2011, 10:25:58 AM
I am not a fan of sweet potatoes, yams, pumkin pie
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Post by: quietgirl on October 10, 2011, 10:53:50 AM
Pumpkin pie.  Never liked it.  Never will.  However, in an ironic twist of fate, my 8 yo nephew and I have a tradition of making a pumpkin pie together every year.   ;D



In my family, Holiday meals had to include creamed onions.  Nobody liked them, nobody ate them but they always had to be on the menu. 


Love, love, love creamed onions!  I believe I may be the only person in the world who does..... 
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Post by: Lorelei_Evil on October 10, 2011, 10:56:24 AM
Nope, you're not.  I love creamed onions, too.

Glazed whatever.  It's too sweet for me.  You can keep your glazed ham, glazed carrots, candied yams, and so forth.

Pecan pie looks like cockroach surprise.  Go ahead and have mine.  Please!  ;)
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Post by: Yvaine on October 10, 2011, 10:58:05 AM
Green bean casserole.
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Post by: demarco on October 10, 2011, 02:15:22 PM
Green bean casserole.

Yeah. I don't even want to look at it. 
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Post by: Snooks on October 10, 2011, 03:17:25 PM
Roasted parsnips, especially when they masquerade as a roast potato.
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Post by: Dazi on October 10, 2011, 04:25:27 PM
Candied yams

Bleh, bleh, bleh....I finally convinced my DM to drop them from the menu. 

Now, if I could only get rid of the boiled to grey death green beans or the dreaded green bean casserole.  It is always one or the other and sometimes both ::).  I cannot convince any of them that they would be awesome steamed.
Title: Re: What Holiday Food Taditions Do You NOT Like?
Post by: Dazi on October 10, 2011, 04:29:51 PM
I forgot the cranberry jelly atrocity that Ocean Spray makes.  I like fresh cranberry sauce, but that stuff is vile.
Title: Re: What Holiday Food Taditions Do You NOT Like?
Post by: veryfluffy on October 10, 2011, 05:07:07 PM
Mince pies, christmas pudding and christmas cake -- blech! You can't go anywhere around here in the month before christmas without a mince pie being handed to you, and I loathe them. And the smell of christmas pudding (especially if it being heated in the microwave) is just vile.
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Post by: Giggity on October 10, 2011, 05:09:35 PM
Can-shaped cranberry sauce. Blech. I truly don't recall anyone ever eating any of it. Why is it there?
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Post by: Mikayla on October 10, 2011, 05:14:44 PM
Green bean casserole.

Heh...my BIL, who normally hosts things, finally forbid it to cross the threshold.   He was kidding.  Sort of.

I hate turkey, and dressing is something I've never even tasted.  I love all the traditional accompaniments, and my family does do extensive side dishes.  Just don't make me try the turkey and dressing.
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Post by: mechtilde on October 10, 2011, 05:15:19 PM
Bread sauce.
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Post by: glacio on October 11, 2011, 01:46:26 AM
Growing up my brother and I didn't have to finish everything that we were given for the holiday meal, however we weren't allowed to have desert unless we did. Green bean casserole was always on the menu and always on the plate. I loved it but my brother couldn't stand the stuff, but of course he wanted to have to desert so his plate was always cleared. When he was about 6 he again cleared his plate on Thanksgiving. Later that week my mom discovered when doing laundry that instead of eating it, he had put the green bean casserole (mushroom soup and all) into his pockets. Oh she was mad. He got in so much trouble, but my mom decided that if he hated it enough to sit through a few hours of that squishy-ness in his pocket then he really did hate it. Ever since he has salad for holidays.
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Post by: Moray on October 11, 2011, 01:10:37 PM
Can-shaped cranberry sauce. Blech. I truly don't recall anyone ever eating any of it. Why is it there?

Because certain people (*cough* my family *cough*) think the real stuff is too "chunky" and "gross" and will only eat the weird, cylindrical kind. So, because I love them, and because it's what they always have, I make sure it's on the table.

I'm an enabler.
Title: Re: What Holiday Food Taditions Do You NOT Like?
Post by: PrincessInPink on October 11, 2011, 06:02:58 PM
I'm not a fan of stuffing. I eat a small helping of it on Thanksgiving for the sake of tradition, but I don't really enjoy it that much.

I don't like most pies, but only because I don't like pie crust. But I will eat a piece of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving- sometimes just the filling. And I do like anything with an Oreo or graham cracker crust.
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Post by: HorseFreak on October 11, 2011, 06:06:50 PM
I hate turkey. My dad tried to force me to eat it when I was a kid one Thanksgiving long ago and I promptly returned it to my plate. It was a great meal overall: my brother got grounded, my mom left the table crying and my dad kept yelling, "Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!!" It's a running joke now and we always go out to eat for Thanksgiving now.

I do love me some canned cranberry sauce, though!
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Post by: SamiHami on October 11, 2011, 06:18:25 PM
I  love my mother dearly. She is a sweet, kindhearted woman with many talents. Sadly, cooking is not one of those. She is a lifelong anorexic, so perhaps that's why.

Every year for Thanksgiving she makes dressing. She has not varied the recipe one bit in my almost 48 years of life. And every year, it winds up in the trash. She hasn't figured out yet that no one in the entire family likes it, and we are long past the point where we take just a little to be polite. The dressing in question is made with lots and lots of celery. LOTS of celery. Did I mention that I have always hated celery? Anyway, she mashes it up with some bread and broth and I don't know what else, and bakes it. It is, in a word, vile. Yet she still makes it.

My brother's wife came up with a dressing recipe quite a few years back and we all love it. No one wanted to make mom feel bad by eating SIL's but not hers, but that is pretty much how it has worked out. We usually let Mom give us some as "leftovers" and throw it out as soon as we get home.

Hey! I just realized something! Now that I'm gluten intolerant, I can decline the stuff without feeling guilty!  Woo Hoo!

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Post by: Sharnita on October 12, 2011, 05:28:02 AM
Can-shaped cranberry sauce. Blech. I truly don't recall anyone ever eating any of it. Why is it there?

my family loves it.
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Post by: LTrew on October 12, 2011, 05:37:58 AM
I love the canned cranberry jelly!  I will gladly serve it along with proper homemade cranberry sauce because they fulfil entirely different purposes....  Sometimes I even buy it off the internet because you can't get it in the UK.

I hate all traditional English Christmas desserts.  I don't like (most) dried fruit, and I don't like alcohol, so that is pretty much everything.  Christmas pudding? Full of dried fruit and alcohol.  Christmas cake? Mince pies? The same.  Trifle? Still soaked in alcohol and I find the texture of cake with jelly (jello) set in it to be revolting, and I don't care for the type without the jelly either.  Everything is also soaked in alcoholic dairy products like brandy butter or just straight up cream, clotted cream, pouring cream, double cream.  It is a lactose intolerant, teetotaller, dried fruit disliking persons nightmare...

I try to bring something I like along, and my family normally make a fruit salad or something as well.

Also, bread sauce! Does anyone actually like it?  What is the point?
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Post by: mechtilde on October 12, 2011, 05:39:59 AM
Also, bread sauce! Does anyone actually like it?  What is the point?

My parents and my DH do. Never met anyone else who did though.

Mind you- we're an odd family. DS2 likes sprouts.
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Post by: Harriet Jones on October 12, 2011, 06:09:11 AM
Can-shaped cranberry sauce. Blech. I truly don't recall anyone ever eating any of it. Why is it there?

I like it, too.

I don't like a lot of the other traditional Thanksgiving sides, like sweet potatoes, dressing/stuffing, and just about any other casserole-y kinds of sides.
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Post by: shadowfox79 on October 12, 2011, 06:25:06 AM
Turkey. We always have duck instead.

Sprouts. We've retired those in the last few years.

And Christmas cake. We get one every year and no-one ever eats it.

I would love to go to America and be adopted by a family so I could try your Christmas food. It all sounds delicious.
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Post by: NestHolder on October 12, 2011, 06:54:31 AM
Brussels sprouts with the Christmas turkey!  Yeccchh.

Mince pies are okay, Christmas pudding is... okay, but really, after a major meal of turkey, roast potatoes, roast parsnips etc, I don't think a solid lump of compressed dried fruit is the best way to finish!  There are so many far tastier puddings (trans: desserts) in the world, I'm probably going with something else this year.  I think I did so last year, producing a cheesecake with mincemeat swirls that worked very well.  But my DH is very partial to Christmas pudding, so I'll buy a few and we will have them as occasional treats during the winter.
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Post by: crella on October 12, 2011, 07:02:05 AM
I'm reminded of the time I took two Japanese guys to my mother's house for Thanksgiving. Now, in Japan, the natural state of the veggies is important, the veggies are given a lot of attention in traditional formal dinners.....they're carved and served in a bit of broth, or braised. The shape and texture is important. I don't know about everywhere in the US, but in the New England area, the squash is mashed, the potatoes are mashed, the turnips are mashed, the sweet potatoes are candied and kind of a blob in the dish...

prompting my serious-about-learning-all-about-American-culture guests to ask, "So, tell us, why do you have the tradition of eating baby food on Thanksgiving?"

Glad Mum doesn't speak Japanese...
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Post by: cattlekid on October 12, 2011, 07:10:59 AM
Well, this is a little different holiday food - but DH is Serbian and it is tradition for Easter and our patron saint day to have stuffed cabbage.  Yuck, yuck, yuck.  The smell of cooked cabbage and sauerkraut truly makes me ill.  The one time I had to cook it here, I let it cook in the garage overnight so I wouldn't expire from the smell. 

Today is our patron saint day and the stuffed cabbage will soon be arriving.  Everyone devours it but me. 
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Post by: Giggity on October 12, 2011, 07:12:18 AM
Can-shaped cranberry sauce. Blech. I truly don't recall anyone ever eating any of it. Why is it there?

my family loves it.

Then before we get good and going on dinner (which is generally after a glass of wine or two), I will steal the can(s) and send it to you. Win-win!
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Post by: Snooks on October 12, 2011, 08:37:46 AM
Mince pies, christmas pudding and christmas cake -- blech! You can't go anywhere around here in the month before christmas without a mince pie being handed to you, and I loathe them. And the smell of christmas pudding (especially if it being heated in the microwave) is just vile.

I'll swap with you I love all of those things.  Which reminds me I must make my Christmas cake soon.
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Post by: Thipu1 on October 12, 2011, 09:49:29 AM
Can-shaped cranberry sauce. Blech. I truly don't recall anyone ever eating any of it. Why is it there?

my family loves it.

Then before we get good and going on dinner (which is generally after a glass of wine or two), I will steal the can(s) and send it to you. Win-win!

We've  never quite understood the canned cranberry sauce either, since the fresh is dead easy to
make.  The problem may be that a pound bag of cranberries makes a lot of sauce and the can provides a reasonable amount. 

Regardless, cranberries were a necessity because the snack we left for Santa required them.  Mom roasted the turkey most of the way on Christmas Eve afternoon.  In our house, Santa's traditional snack was a warm turkey sandwich with mayo, stuffing and cranberry sauce. 
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Post by: Elfmama on October 12, 2011, 01:47:22 PM
I'm not a fan of stuffing. I eat a small helping of it on Thanksgiving for the sake of tradition, but I don't really enjoy it that much.

I don't like most pies, but only because I don't like pie crust. But I will eat a piece of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving- sometimes just the filling. And I do like anything with an Oreo or graham cracker crust.
I make 'naked' pumpkin pie for that very reason!  Just the pumpkin filling with the eggs and milk and spices, baked in a casserole dish. Apple crisp instead of apple pie.  More than half of the calories in pie are in that vile crust, so why bother to make it?

Pecan pie is an exception.  I did try the casserole dish version, and just about had to chip it out with a chisel. ;D
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Post by: geordicat on October 12, 2011, 01:53:38 PM
Candied ___________ (carrots,yams, sweet potatoes.. all on the menu and I detest them all)
That vile green bean mess my mom now makes from scratch.  It doesn't taste any better.  Why, yes I have food issues! :)

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Post by: Thipu1 on October 12, 2011, 03:35:52 PM
I'm not a fan of stuffing. I eat a small helping of it on Thanksgiving for the sake of tradition, but I don't really enjoy it that much.

I don't like most pies, but only because I don't like pie crust. But I will eat a piece of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving- sometimes just the filling. And I do like anything with an Oreo or graham cracker crust.
I make 'naked' pumpkin pie for that very reason!  Just the pumpkin filling with the eggs and milk and spices, baked in a casserole dish. Apple crisp instead of apple pie.  More than half of the calories in pie are in that vile crust, so why bother to make it?

Ooh, this is a flash from the past!

Back in the Automatic days, Horn & Hardart made a delicious thing they called pumpkin custard.  Basically, it was pumpkin pie without the crust.  Absolutely heavenly!

Pecan pie is an exception.  I did try the casserole dish version, and just about had to chip it out with a chisel. ;D
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Post by: Optimoose Prime on October 12, 2011, 04:35:08 PM
Candied whatever, sweet potatoes -- especially with the marshmallows, cranberry anything.  I love the stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, green bean casserole.  Heck, I could do without the turkey.
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Post by: Thipu1 on October 13, 2011, 09:41:44 AM
Ooh, naked Pumpkin pie.  That brings back memories.

The old Horn & Hardart automats and retail stores used offer pumpkin custard.  That was absolutely delicious and dieters could fool themselves that it was less caloric than a slice of pie.  :D
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Post by: arkzak on October 15, 2011, 10:58:23 AM
I actually like bread sauce  ;D.

However I have to agree with the PP who mentioned trifle.  :-X In particular the sherry- soaked sponge bits in jelly. Truly revolting.
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Post by: Zilla on October 15, 2011, 11:01:44 AM
Turkey, duck or pea salad.  (canned peas, mayo, sugar, sweet relish with cubed velveeta cheese shudder)
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Post by: Dazi on October 15, 2011, 12:51:39 PM
Turkey, duck or pea salad.  (canned peas, mayo, sugar, sweet relish with cubed velveeta cheese shudder)
pea salad sound horrifying.
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Post by: Lady Snowdon on October 15, 2011, 01:00:26 PM
I hate pumpkin anything.  Pumpkin pie, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin chai...all of it.  If you tell me something has pumpkin in the name, I'm going to tell you "no thanks". 

I also don't like sweet potatoes, so I decline those dishes as well during the holidays. 

Green bean casserole is disgusting, I think, and I would happily ban it from any holiday dinner I attend.  Two years I got stuck making it for a family dinner, and I had to have DH help me with it because the smell was too much for me and I felt like I was going to vomit.  The family figured it out, and last year I got to make mashed potatoes instead (which everyone raved over!). 
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Post by: Luci on October 15, 2011, 01:04:58 PM
Turkey, duck or pea salad.  (canned peas, mayo, sugar, sweet relish with cubed velveeta cheese shudder)
pea salad sound horrifying.

We love it with frozen peas, Miracle Whip instead of mayo, relish but no sugar, and cubed cheddar (cubes 1/4 inch). Often we use cubed ham in it, too.
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Post by: Brentwood on October 15, 2011, 01:24:19 PM

I don't know a single person of Scandanavian descent who really likes lutefisk. 


I do. Not me, personally, but I am of 100% Scandinavian extraction, and I do know people who like it.
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Post by: Brentwood on October 15, 2011, 01:26:02 PM
Can-shaped cranberry sauce. Blech. I truly don't recall anyone ever eating any of it. Why is it there?

My ex-husband loves that stuff and always wants it on the table. He loves my homemade spiced cranberry sauce with zinfandel, and he'll eat a lot of it, but he also likes his Ocean Spray canned stuff.
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Post by: Thipu1 on October 16, 2011, 06:34:17 PM
Can-shaped cranberry sauce. Blech. I truly don't recall anyone ever eating any of it. Why is it there?

My ex-husband loves that stuff and always wants it on the table. He loves my homemade spiced cranberry sauce with zinfandel, and he'll eat a lot of it, but he also likes his Ocean Spray canned stuff.

Dear Cathy,

We'd love to get the cranberry sauce with zin recipe.  would you be willing to post it?
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Post by: Brentwood on October 16, 2011, 06:40:10 PM
It's been posted already, somewhere in the recipes folder. I'll find it and link it for you.
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Post by: Brentwood on October 16, 2011, 06:43:47 PM
Here it is: http://www.etiquettehell.com/smf/index.php?topic=46548.msg1098929#msg1098929
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Post by: Glaceon on October 16, 2011, 08:03:28 PM
Count me in the pumpkin free camp.  I hate the stuff in all its forms.  Not a fan of pecan pie either.

My inlaws' holiday offerings are pretty standard and I like most all of it.  Except for jello with stuff in it.

My family has shifted so my mother is the center and we are just starting our own traditions.  So we're always doing new things and aren't really stuck on anything we don't like.
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Post by: Dazi on October 16, 2011, 08:19:24 PM
I forgot all about pecan pie.  Luckily my mom hates the stuff.  I don' t hate it, but most of the time I find it sickening sweet.  Their is only one person I have ever met that made a great, not too sweet pecan pie.

I also forgot about macaroni salad.  A few people eat it, but I hate the version they all like.  Only an aunt and I like the other one.  So every year I end up making two different ones.

I like my pumpkin pie, but LOATHE store bought ones.  They are bland and the texture is slimy.
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Post by: Brentwood on October 16, 2011, 08:24:25 PM
I love pecan pie, but I can't eat it (fragile dental work).

Dazi, I'm with you on store-bought pumpkin pie. It's an abomination. I can easily see someone deciding they hate pumpkin pie if store-bought is all they've ever had. I use the same recipe I've had for 20+ years, with very few variations. I make my own crust. I love pumpkin pie! I make bourbon-cinnamon whipped cream for the adults to top their pie, and plain cinnamon whipped cream for the under-21s.
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Post by: Wonderflonium on October 16, 2011, 08:36:33 PM
I make bourbon-cinnamon whipped cream for the adults to top their pie.

Is that recipe posted? If not, would you mind sharing? I didn't think there was a way to improve mom's pumpkin pie (I won't touch the store-bought stuff, but her's is AWESOME), but that might be just the thing.
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Post by: Dazi on October 16, 2011, 08:39:01 PM
Cathy, that sounds delicious.   :)
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Post by: Brentwood on October 16, 2011, 08:40:38 PM
I make bourbon-cinnamon whipped cream for the adults to top their pie.

Is that recipe posted? If not, would you mind sharing? I didn't think there was a way to improve mom's pumpkin pie (I won't touch the store-bought stuff, but her's is AWESOME), but that might be just the thing.

I just whip heavy cream with a bit of powdered sugar (not a lot, as I prefer my whipped cream on the less-sweet side), a good slug of bourbon, and a dash of cinnamon. It must be heavy cream, though.
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Post by: Wonderflonium on October 16, 2011, 08:43:15 PM
Sweet. My dad will be in heaven.  :D
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Post by: #borecore on October 16, 2011, 09:04:51 PM
I hate stuffing and anything with baked-till-mushy veggies (green bean casserole, here's looking at you!). Also, I don't eat jello or meat, so there's that (though I did like ham or turkey when I was a kid; hated gravy, beef or gefilte fish -- yeah, my families celebrated a range of holidays). I go pretty nontraditional for the big holidays! My mom always made a cheesy potato casserole for holidays that I loathed to an amazing degree, but that was more of a family thing than a widespread tradition.

I am on team canned cranberries (whole berries, not jellied), though I made my own for the first time recently and loved it. It's kind of hard to find fresh cranberries here most of the year. Sweet potatoes without marshmallows, please.
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Post by: Zilla on October 16, 2011, 09:50:18 PM
Turkey, duck or pea salad.  (canned peas, mayo, sugar, sweet relish with cubed velveeta cheese shudder)
pea salad sound horrifying.

We love it with frozen peas, Miracle Whip instead of mayo, relish but no sugar, and cubed cheddar (cubes 1/4 inch). Often we use cubed ham in it, too.


Nope,it has to be sweet relish and a tsp or more of sugar to mix in the mayo.  And none of that cheddar, only velveeta.


My mom is very particular in making it just this way.
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Post by: Thipu1 on October 17, 2011, 09:44:57 AM
Here it is: http://www.etiquettehell.com/smf/index.php?topic=46548.msg1098929#msg1098929

Thank you.  It sounds yummy.
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Post by: Gumbysqueak on October 17, 2011, 10:00:28 AM
Passover=Gefilte fish  :-X
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Post by: Spoder on October 17, 2011, 10:01:07 AM
Okay, I have to ask - what the heck is green bean casserole? I love green beans, but here they're usually just lightly steamed. I need to know what is done to them in a casserole to make them so vile!

This 'candied' business also sounds odd. Here, sweet potatoes and pumpkin are roasted along with the other veggies, usually in the same pan as the meat. Sweet potato casserole with marshmallow on top is a million kinds of wrong, IMO - marshmallow should not be part of any savoury dish  :-X - and how do you candy a yam?
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Post by: Wonderflonium on October 17, 2011, 10:04:03 AM
Green bean casserole (at least here) is green beans and mushroom soup with a crunchy onion topping.

http://www.campbellkitchen.com/recipedetail.aspx?recipeId=24099&fbid=BpV9M3InHMT

Candied yams/sweet potatoes involve loads of brown sugar and butter.
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Post by: Spoder on October 17, 2011, 10:09:23 AM
Green bean casserole (at least here) is green beans and mushroom soup with a crunchy onion topping.

http://www.campbellkitchen.com/recipedetail.aspx?recipeId=24099&fbid=BpV9M3InHMT

Candied yams/sweet potatoes involve loads of brown sugar and butter.

Thanks! And, umm, ugh. I don't want to offend anyone, but that casserole looks horrific. And I really don't get the idea of cooking sweet potatoes with sugar, they've got enough natural sugar in them!

That said, I come from a country where we happily scarf back Vegemite, so I can't talk.  ;D
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Post by: Elfmama on October 17, 2011, 10:16:32 AM
Green bean casserole (at least here) is green beans and mushroom soup with a crunchy onion topping.

http://www.campbellkitchen.com/recipedetail.aspx?recipeId=24099&fbid=BpV9M3InHMT

Candied yams/sweet potatoes involve loads of brown sugar and butter.
Green beans for this casserole are usually canned. The beans by themselves, with the crunchy onion topping, might be marvelous. However, the mushroom soup concentrate looks and tastes like barf, IMO. 

Candied yams (in the US 'yam' and 'sweet potato' are synonymous) also start out canned in my experience, in heavy syrup like many canned fruits.  They're baked with MORE sugar and miniature marshmallows on top.  This renders them into a nasty cloying sweetness that can fell a diabetic who is just in the same ROOM with them.  I avoided sweet potatoes for years, until I had DD#2's version -  fresh sweet potatoes, with just a touch of cinnamon and brown sugar and pecans topping them.
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Post by: Zilla on October 17, 2011, 10:37:05 AM
I made a fresh green bean casserole one year that everyone loved except my mom and her dad who prefer the canned beans with canned soup and topped with soggy french onions (they bake it all together)


So if you attempt to make it, use fresh green beans julienned in the french style, lightly steamed.  I made a light mushroom sauce, tossed the greens in it and topped it all with bacon bits mixed with french onions. 
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Post by: camlan on October 17, 2011, 10:57:57 AM
Our family never did the green bean casserole, as we always had green beans from our garden that had been frozen, just so we could eat them on Thanksgiving.

So last year I decided to make a green bean casserole, just to see what it was like. While it wasn't the worst thing I've ever eaten, I will not be making it again. Plain ol' steamed green beans are fine by me.
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Post by: Glaceon on October 17, 2011, 11:09:58 AM
I like green bean casserole.  I'm told I have a bland and immature palate, though.
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Post by: Wonderflonium on October 17, 2011, 11:31:24 AM
I like both green bean casserole and fresh steamed green beans. They are 2 very different foods to me. I prefer the latter, but I won't turn down the former.  :)
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Post by: Nibsey on October 17, 2011, 12:58:16 PM
So if you attempt to make it, use fresh green beans julienned in the french style, lightly steamed.  I made a light mushroom sauce, tossed the greens in it and topped it all with bacon bits mixed with french onions.

I didn't even know about this casserole until I read this thread and I thought it looked vile when I googled it but your version sounds delicious and I might try and make it for dinner this week(maybe topped with goats cheese).  :)
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Post by: Sharnita on October 17, 2011, 08:38:42 PM
I love green bean casserole - though we make it with fresh or at worst frozen beans. Canned green beans don't even make it into the house.
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Post by: Animala on October 18, 2011, 12:53:35 PM
Since my family is from the midwest there is a strange fascination with Jello.  The worst is some sort of "salad" the has pretzels and whipped cream.  It is really much more like a dessert.  Then there are the veggies.  Whoever thought veggies should go in Jello is a sick and twisted person.  The one that appears most often has grated carrots in it.  And we always have a Crudités platter or two.  I've never understood that because we have all the family favs on the table and then veggies we could eat any day.
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Post by: PrincessInPink on October 18, 2011, 01:53:36 PM
Since my family is from the midwest there is a strange fascination with Jello.  The worst is some sort of "salad" the has pretzels and whipped cream.  It is really much more like a dessert.  Then there are the veggies.  Whoever thought veggies should go in Jello is a sick and twisted person.  The one that appears most often has grated carrots in it.  And we always have a Crudités platter or two.  I've never understood that because we have all the family favs on the table and then veggies we could eat any day.

POD all of this.

Although, in my family, we call that dish Strawberry Pretzel Dessert. I've never heard it referred to as a salad. But you're right, anything with Jello and whipped cream should not be called salad!

That's another holiday food tradition I don't like. I don't eat whipped cream.
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Post by: Luci on October 18, 2011, 02:15:39 PM
I am opening my home for Thanksgiving dinner for 40 people to bring in food and I am coordinating the food.  I am doing the place settings, turkeys and potatoes. (Note: I didn't say 'hosting'.)

One couple is bringing Jello with pineapple and celery and nuts in it. It could be a salad or a dessert. I don't think I'll eat much of that. (Woman is 70, so learned to cook in the 50's.)
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Post by: Ruelz on October 18, 2011, 02:32:34 PM
I love jello, but not with veggies in it...and not on the main plate...to me jello is a dessert.  Who decided it's a main plate dish?

I also don't like sweets with meat...so no cranberry sauce with my turkey please, and for me...because I really really dislike mint as well...no mint jelly with my lamb. 

We just 'had' to have mint jelly for a friend once, when I had him over for leg of lamb...he ate a spoonful...and then the jar sat in the fridge for several years until I tossed it.  I wish he had taken it home with him.
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Post by: Luci on October 18, 2011, 05:36:28 PM
The leftover mint jelly is dabbed on cream cheese covered club crackers as an appetizer for your next party. (I love it.)
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Post by: Brentwood on October 18, 2011, 06:49:02 PM
The leftover mint jelly is dabbed on cream cheese covered club crackers as an appetizer for your next party. (I love it.)

I love Club crackers with cream cheese and jalapeno pepper jelly.
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Post by: Luci on October 18, 2011, 07:06:47 PM
The leftover mint jelly is dabbed on cream cheese covered club crackers as an appetizer for your next party. (I love it.)

I love Club crackers with cream cheese and jalapeno pepper jelly.

OOOOOOOOOOOO! Going to  a gourmet gift shop in Nov. Now I know what to buy! Thanks.
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Post by: Wonderflonium on October 18, 2011, 07:10:54 PM
I love Club crackers with cream cheese and jalapeno pepper jelly.

I have never, ever had that, and yet now I'm craving it.
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Post by: #borecore on October 18, 2011, 09:54:13 PM
Pepper jelly is fabulous, particularly with cream cheese, but I like the jellies with a bit of fruit (think mango, peach or raspberry) even better.

Speaking of ...
Queso (hot cheese dip with jalapenos, tomatoes, etc. in it) is a Texas holiday snacking-before-the-meal standard, but I hate when they dirty up my queso with seasoned ground beef.

And another pre-meal standard, the veggie-and-dip tray? Let's keep it radish-free, please!
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Post by: CakeBeret on October 18, 2011, 10:09:01 PM
I hate turkey. There, I admitted it. I cannot stand it, loathe it, absolutely abhor it. In my entire life of eating turkey at least once per year, I have eaten exactly one slice of turkey that was remotely palatable. That turkey had been injected with butter all over and then deep fried. I didn't hate it but I wasn't really clamoring to eat it again. I generally take a small slice at Thanksgiving and smother it with liberal amounts of gravy (people around here are very protective of their traditions and may become mortally offended if one admits to not liking turkey).

Another thing is my family's traditional "jello salad". Jello is prepared but before it is refrigerated, it is mixed with cottage cheese and canned fruit. The result is a semi-opaque blob with little white chunks and sad-looking fruit bits. My entire family loves it and eats mass amounts of it in the holidays, while I watch in horror.
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Post by: Brentwood on October 18, 2011, 10:12:38 PM
I love Club crackers with cream cheese and jalapeno pepper jelly.

I have never, ever had that, and yet now I'm craving it.

It's THAT good.

(and Luci45 - you're welcome. Thank my dad. :) )
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Post by: megswsu on October 18, 2011, 10:19:30 PM
Can-shaped cranberry sauce. Blech. I truly don't recall anyone ever eating any of it. Why is it there?

I haven't read the rest of the thread, but I had to respond to this.  :) LOL! I hate it too, but if that weren't on the table at Thanksgiving there would be a revolt in my family.  I have no idea why it's so good to them, but it must be on the table and it must retain the shape of the can.  :P

As for me, I'm the only one in my family who hates pumpkin pie and yams/sweet potato anything. Blech!  :P
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Post by: Luci on October 18, 2011, 11:04:56 PM
Everybody seems to want the jelled cranberry. I serve 40 people at 5 tables. I slice that stuff about 1/2 " thick and quarter the slices, then put 1 hunk per person on a plate on each table. I usually have about 2/3 of it left. If I put it with the rest of the buffet, no one eats it but they ask for it. I guess it is just decoration.
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Post by: LTrew on October 19, 2011, 03:30:36 AM
Man, I sometimes eat it plain! It is the texture I think.  It has to be really, cold though, and then it is like a delicious smooth cranberry dessert almost.  It is also nice on your leftover sandwiches. 

I do make proper cranberry sauce as well, one of my favorites is this Sweet and Savoury Cranberry (http://www.reesedixon.com/2009/11/sweet-and-savory-cranberry-sauce.html) sauce, with red onion.
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Post by: Venus193 on October 19, 2011, 06:35:41 AM
I join Brunhilde for most food holidays and the only food I really have issues with is lamb at Easter.  I eat one slice of it in the name of friendship, but she usually puts enough garlic in it to make it tolerable for me.

She once prepared yams with brown sugar and a relatively sweet stuffing; that was a one-shot deal.

Cranberry jelly doesn't do anything for me, so I make cranberry sauce with Splenda.  I do three bags of berries and present three versions (plain, with mandarin oranges, and with maraschino cherries).
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Post by: rose red on October 19, 2011, 08:04:02 PM
I can never bring myself to eat pumpkin pie.  Perhaps because the thick texture remind me of moon cakes, a Chinese holiday food that I can't stand.
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Post by: General Jinjur on October 22, 2011, 08:42:41 AM
What is bread sauce? And Christmas cake? For the latter I am envisioning a delightful towering white-frosted cake, perhaps dotted with candy canes - though I doubt it would be so unpopular if that was the case.

I hate green bean casserole and that horrible jellied cranberry sauce. I also won't eat anything with Jello in it.  I have no problem eating meat, I just don't want it disguised as dessert. Ugh, sweet jiggly meat  :-X
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Post by: MrsO on October 22, 2011, 11:57:22 AM
It is a lactose intolerant, teetotaller, dried fruit disliking persons nightmare...


LOL! Can I just say, this is probably the best summary of Christmas in the UK I ever heard. ;D

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Post by: Snooks on October 22, 2011, 12:12:31 PM
What is bread sauce? And Christmas cake? For the latter I am envisioning a delightful towering white-frosted cake, perhaps dotted with candy canes - though I doubt it would be so unpopular if that was the case.

I hate green bean casserole and that horrible jellied cranberry sauce. I also won't eat anything with Jello in it.  I have no problem eating meat, I just don't want it disguised as dessert. Ugh, sweet jiggly meat  :-X

Christmas cake (in my house at least) is a fruit cake made in late October which gets holes poked in the top with a small knitting needle and brandy poured in once a week until a few days before Christmas when the cake is covered in apricot jam then marzipan and topped off with royal icing (normally on Christmas Eve).  I love it.  Some people put nuts in it but I don't like nuts.

Wedding cakes in the UK are pretty much the same thing, although sponge is becoming more popular which means I tend to be disappointed when the cake comes round at weddings.
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Post by: General Jinjur on October 22, 2011, 01:38:33 PM
So it's basically like a fruitcake in the US. Though I think I would like fruitcake much better if it was covered in marzipan and frosting, yum.
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Post by: Lorelei_Evil on October 22, 2011, 02:07:09 PM
I'll try and remember to post my fruitcake recipe.  It's really good.
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Post by: BellyBionic on October 22, 2011, 02:51:02 PM
I was raised in a large LDS family in the heart of the Jello Belt.  I will not eat Jello of any kind except the very specific exception of alcohol-laden jello shots.  Jello with anything solid in it makes me sick just looking at it.

I was mostly responsible for the Thanksgiving meal in my family starting when I was about 14.  One year, I decided to make a green bean casserole from scratch since I also hate anything made with canned Cream of Something soup.  Fresh, steamed green beans with a scratch mushroom white sauce and freshly fried onions with panko for extra crunch.  I loved it, but the rest of the family loudly complained that I'd "ruined" the casserole.

I also love sweet potatoes, but not if they come from a can and not covered in marshmallows.  I make Kentucky Bourbon Sweet Potatoes every year instead.  Fresh sweet potatoes roasted in butter, brown sugar, pecans, and bourbon.  It's heaven.  Whenever my mom comes to our house for the holiday, I have to make another dish of candied yams with marshmallows for her, because she won't touch my recipe even though she no longer has any moral objection to alcohol and there's no alcohol left after the long bake anyway.

Cranberries are my kryptonite.  Jellied, whole berry, homemade, raw straight out of the bag, I don't care, I'll eat them all in large quantities.  If canned sauce is what's available I'll easily eat half a can by myself with a single meal.  By January when all the holiday cooking is done, I'll have at least two dozen bags of cranberries in the freezer to get me through to next year when they're cheap and easy to find again.
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on November 02, 2011, 01:49:26 PM
Not a huge fan of turkey; I'll eat it if I go somewhere for TDay, and we used to get a fresh turkey breast when we cooked Thanksgiving.  last year mom and I went out for TDay, she had duck and I had steak.  It was fabulous!

Sweet potatoes of any kind; I hate the taste so no matter how they're prepared they're gross.  Green bean casserole. BLECH is all I can say. 

My mom loves mince pie, but won't make it just for herself.  But she and my dad were the only ones who ate it - the smell is enough to send me running in the other direction.

Canned cranberry sauce. My mom made some homemade cranberry compote last year for Christmas and it was fabulous!  I think I still have some in the freezer :)

I'm staying home alone for Thanksgiving this year, and am trying to figure out what to make. I'm leaning towards Beef stroganoff with some sort of veggie.
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Post by: Lynda_34 on November 15, 2011, 11:00:06 AM
Can-shaped cranberry sauce. Blech. I truly don't recall anyone ever eating any of it. Why is it there?

I am going to read the entire thread, but I have to tell you, and it became a family joke.
I would push the cranberry sauce out of the can at Thanksgiving and at the end of the meal would put it in a ziplock bag and serve it again at the Christmas family meal.  It did take a couple of years before the kids caught on but that is now a family tradition.
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Post by: DavidH on November 15, 2011, 11:37:01 AM
I'm with BellyBionic, cranberries are great, even the canned jelly kind.  Another idea is cranberry jello made with half water and half cranberry juice to up the cranberry taste.

I think savory jello "salads" comes from the days of aspic going around meat.  I do know that in the 50s and 60s they had some horrible sounding jello flavors like seasoned tomato, celery, Italian salad, and mixed vegetable just for making those horrible jello salads with.  Fortunately I missed those.
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Post by: Luci on November 15, 2011, 05:27:52 PM
I provided the venue for the extended family Thanksgiving dinner Sunday. I did not put out cranberry sauce and no one brought it. Nothing was said, so I think we are done with that one!
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Post by: Redwing on November 18, 2011, 10:44:38 AM
Canned green beans should never ever be used for the infamous green bean casserole.   For those of you who do like green bean casserole, I encourage you to try making it from scratch.  Alton Brown has a good recipe.  Once you've gone fresh, you'll never go back to Campbell's.

For those you who don't like it, fresh may change your mind!
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Post by: kethria on November 18, 2011, 08:11:11 PM
Canned green beans should never ever be used for the infamous green bean casserole.   For those of you who do like green bean casserole, I encourage you to try making it from scratch.  Alton Brown has a good recipe.  Once you've gone fresh, you'll never go back to Campbell's.

For those you who don't like it, fresh may change your mind!

POD. I use frozen green beans and make the "soup" from mushrooms and heavy cream. I think the only thing that stays the same is the crunchy fried onions on top and only because I can't make them myself (...yet).

Although we love the both fresh and jellied cranberries. The tube cranberries sliced thick on a sandwich of leftover turkey and dressing? Heaven! My fresh cranberry relish has orange zest and triple-sec. Mmmmmm.
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Post by: BellyBionic on November 18, 2011, 09:04:15 PM
Canned green beans should never ever be used for the infamous green bean casserole.   For those of you who do like green bean casserole, I encourage you to try making it from scratch.  Alton Brown has a good recipe.  Once you've gone fresh, you'll never go back to Campbell's.

For those you who don't like it, fresh may change your mind!

I'm not a fan of green bean casserole, because it was never part of my family's tradition.  I didn't even taste it until I was old enough to be spending Thanksgiving with the family of someone I was dating.  My wife loves it, though, and requests it every year.  The first year we were together, one of our other guests offered to bring the GBC, so I was off the hook.  I also really didn't care for it.  The next year, I decided to make it all fresh with Alton's recipe.  I thought it was pretty good, but no one else ate more than a couple of bites.  This year, my wife sat me down and very gently explained that she loves my cooking, I am the best cook in the world, no one else cooks like I do, I should have my own show on the Food Network, but could I *please* make the GBC with canned beans and cream of mushroom soup and canned fried onions like it's meant to be?  So I'm giving in.  I will actually be buying canned cream of sodium soup when I go shopping tomorrow, which I would normally never do.  I won't be eating it, but everyone else at the table will.
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Post by: Venus193 on November 18, 2011, 09:10:04 PM
Ah, yes; cream of washroom soup.  I haven't had a can of that in my house.  Ever.  The only thing I ever use mushrooms for is boeuf bourgignon.

I had never heard of GBC until I came to this forum. 
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Post by: General Jinjur on November 19, 2011, 11:53:05 AM
Canned green beans should never ever be used for the infamous green bean casserole.   For those of you who do like green bean casserole, I encourage you to try making it from scratch.  Alton Brown has a good recipe.  Once you've gone fresh, you'll never go back to Campbell's.

For those you who don't like it, fresh may change your mind!

Only if I can substitute something for the green beans.
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Post by: blue2000 on November 19, 2011, 05:13:34 PM
Ah, yes; cream of washroom soup.  I haven't had a can of that in my house.  Ever.  The only thing I ever use mushrooms for is boeuf bourgignon.

I had never heard of GBC until I came to this forum. 

LOLOL!!! Very nice description! ;D

I don't mind GBC myself, but I can't eat it anymore. What I don't like is when people take lovely fresh veggies and boil them to a greyish sludge. My mother should be arrested for crimes against broccoli.
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Post by: Dazi on November 19, 2011, 09:16:08 PM
^^^crimes against broccoli...I love it...add my mother to the grey sludge group and add green beans to the vegetables that shouldn't be grey.



I don't really care for sweet potatoes or glazed carrots.  I refuse to make candied yams...yuckity, yuck, yuck.
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Post by: kitty-cat on November 19, 2011, 10:31:40 PM
Mom and I hate mushrooms, so we subbed cream of celery for it in green bean casserole.


Worth a shot if ya don't like mushrooms.
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Post by: Glaceon on November 20, 2011, 08:51:40 PM
I love cream of mushroom soup from the can.  Guess I'm just extra gross.
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Post by: kethria on November 21, 2011, 07:45:30 AM
I love cream of mushroom soup from the can.  Guess I'm just extra gross.

Naaaah I always have a case or two in the pantry. Open crockpot, add meat (chicken, beef, pork or whatever) dump cream on soup on, add some wine, go to work, At lunchtime turn on low and mix in wild rice... viola! Dinner in a few hours.
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Post by: Redwing on November 21, 2011, 08:05:54 AM
I will use cream of mushroom soup in the crockpot as well.  Just not in the GBC!
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Post by: Doll Fiend on November 21, 2011, 03:17:44 PM
I love cream of mushroom soup from the can.  Guess I'm just extra gross.
You and me both! I love to make it with rice. Just take minute rice, milk, and the soup, equal proportions and cook up till the rice is the right consistency. We do this with cream of chicken as well.
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Post by: Giggity on November 21, 2011, 03:44:12 PM
So wait ... can of soup, can of uncooked rice, can of milk?

That sounds suspiciously easy ...
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Post by: Doll Fiend on November 21, 2011, 03:50:26 PM
So wait ... can of soup, can of uncooked rice, can of milk?

That sounds suspiciously easy ...

Oh it is! With the cream of chicken we add in precooked chicken bits as well. It is great when you are ill since it is nice, thick, and sticks to your ribs good. Also less likely to spill if that is a worry. (Too many years of Strep Throat)
We even have a casserole recipe that includes the soup and rice, cooked up ground beef with onions and celery topped with either fried onions or crunchy chow main noodles. 

Now I have to beg that recipe from my Mom to make it.
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Post by: oz diva on November 25, 2011, 11:29:17 PM
Cream of whatever soup is for making .... soup and nothing else.
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Post by: Dazi on November 26, 2011, 08:41:40 AM
Pecan pie.  egads, that stuff is vile.
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Post by: jenny_islander on November 27, 2011, 02:28:10 AM
I love a sliver of warm pecan pie--but only a sliver, it's richer than fudge--with a dollop of vanilla ice cream.

I can't stand marshmallow-topped yams.  Gooey, over-sweetened, chemical-tasting white sludge on top of perfectly good yams.  Ick!
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Post by: jenny_islander on November 27, 2011, 02:31:21 AM
I hate stuffing and anything with baked-till-mushy veggies (green bean casserole, here's looking at you!). Also, I don't eat jello or meat, so there's that (though I did like ham or turkey when I was a kid; hated gravy, beef or gefilte fish -- yeah, my families celebrated a range of holidays). I go pretty nontraditional for the big holidays! My mom always made a cheesy potato casserole for holidays that I loathed to an amazing degree, but that was more of a family thing than a widespread tradition.

I am on team canned cranberries (whole berries, not jellied), though I made my own for the first time recently and loved it. It's kind of hard to find fresh cranberries here most of the year. Sweet potatoes without marshmallows, please.

Try green bean casserole that starts with fresh green beans and homemade white sauce.  Oooh yum!  (One of the upsides of marrying into a family that has lots of food allergies: Great scratch cooking.)  I cannot stand Jell-O anything.  It just does not seem like food to me.
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on November 27, 2011, 06:08:17 PM
Not sure if this has been mentioned, but eggnog.  I like the taste of it, but as a drink, its just too rich and heavy.  Baskin Robbins I think, used to have eggnog ice cream, and that was yummy, but I can't drink it
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Post by: Rohanna on November 27, 2011, 06:32:14 PM
I  mix eggnog with a 1/3 of milk and some ice cubes, and then I like it. :)
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Post by: Last_Dance on January 01, 2012, 09:03:17 AM
Struffoli - little balls of dough fried and dipped in warm honey. Way too hard and sticky.

They are a typical Neapolitan recipe - my family isn't Neapolitan, but one of my great-aunts moved there after she got married and she made them the first time she came to see us for Christmas.
The year after that, we were dreading having to eat them again, but luckily we didn't have to. 
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Post by: Faerydust on January 04, 2012, 11:26:56 PM
I don't like ham or candied yams.
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Post by: finecabernet on January 29, 2012, 11:03:42 PM
Great topic! Turkey and sweet potatoes are just yucky to me. I fill up on sides on Thanksgiving and avoid the turkey altogether. And coming from an Italian background, we used to be inflicted gifted with pizzelles and biscotti that reeked of anise oil. After my grandmother died we dropped the anise from both recipes and they were much better.
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Post by: purplemuse on January 31, 2012, 01:50:37 PM
Random frozen vegetable* served with the holiday meal. It's not that I don't like it (unless it's peas), but I just don't see the point when there are so many things we don't eat on a regular basis, why bother adding an "everyday" dish to the mix?

*usually it's corn, which also raises the question of do we really need another starch, what with the stuffing and mashed potatoes?
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Post by: magicdomino on January 31, 2012, 02:16:02 PM
Random frozen vegetable* served with the holiday meal. It's not that I don't like it (unless it's peas), but I just don't see the point when there are so many things we don't eat on a regular basis, why bother adding an "everyday" dish to the mix?

*usually it's corn, which also raises the question of do we really need another starch, what with the stuffing and mashed potatoes?

I have to confess to doing this, although it is a green vegetable, usually broccoli or green beans.  With all of the rich food, I like something simple that tastes like what it is.  Also, I feel guilty if there isn't something green on the table, and my family ignores tossed salad and dislikes green bean cassarole.  I think one of the kids eats brussels sprouts, but I have no idea where he got that from since everyone else makes gagging noises when they are mentioned.
Title: Re: What Holiday Food Taditions Do You NOT Like?
Post by: purplemuse on January 31, 2012, 05:14:40 PM
Random frozen vegetable* served with the holiday meal. It's not that I don't like it (unless it's peas), but I just don't see the point when there are so many things we don't eat on a regular basis, why bother adding an "everyday" dish to the mix?

*usually it's corn, which also raises the question of do we really need another starch, what with the stuffing and mashed potatoes?

I have to confess to doing this, although it is a green vegetable, usually broccoli or green beans.  With all of the rich food, I like something simple that tastes like what it is.  Also, I feel guilty if there isn't something green on the table, and my family ignores tossed salad and dislikes green bean cassarole.  I think one of the kids eats brussels sprouts, but I have no idea where he got that from since everyone else makes gagging noises when they are mentioned.

I'd be all for a tossed salad. I think one reason my family does frozen is because it's quicker to microwave a bag of frozen veggies than to put together a salad.
Title: Re: What Holiday Food Taditions Do You NOT Like?
Post by: Venus193 on January 31, 2012, 05:27:36 PM
Fresh salad is awesome stuff.  I need to eat more of it.
Title: Re: What Holiday Food Taditions Do You NOT Like?
Post by: camlan on February 05, 2012, 08:33:49 PM
To me, corn is a traditional Thanksgiving vegetable. There's the tradition that the Native Americans taught the Pilgrims how to plant corn, and without the corn, they might have starved those first few years. I think in one of the Little House on the Prairie books, Laura talks about always having three corn kernels at her place on Thanksgiving. Something about at times, that was all the Pilgrims had to eat. (I could have the author completely wrong, though.)

My dad always had a garden, and Mom would put up some of the vegetables just for Thanksgiving. We ate most of them as they got ripe, but we always had green beans and carrots from the garden for Thanksgiving, and frozen corn.
Title: Re: What Holiday Food Taditions Do You NOT Like?
Post by: kckgirl on February 06, 2012, 06:09:13 AM
I hate mushrooms. I mean I really hate mushrooms. It's a texture thing. They feel like rubber bands in my mouth. But I really love green bean casserole and would love to have it without mushrooms. Would it work well with regular white sauce?
Title: Re: What Holiday Food Taditions Do You NOT Like?
Post by: Luci on February 06, 2012, 08:38:23 AM
I hate mushrooms. I mean I really hate mushrooms. It's a texture thing. They feel like rubber bands in my mouth. But I really love green bean casserole and would love to have it without mushrooms. Would it work well with regular white sauce?

If it really is the texture, puree the sauce and musrooms (or cream of mushroom soup) in the blender. I think the mushroom flavor is an important part of the casserole.
Title: Re: What Holiday Food Taditions Do You NOT Like?
Post by: Harriet Jones on February 06, 2012, 08:45:44 AM
I really don't like most of the 'cream of' soups, and I've made the casserole with cream of chicken soup and it was fine.
Title: Re: What Holiday Food Taditions Do You NOT Like?
Post by: kckgirl on February 06, 2012, 09:37:53 AM
I hate mushrooms. I mean I really hate mushrooms. It's a texture thing. They feel like rubber bands in my mouth. But I really love green bean casserole and would love to have it without mushrooms. Would it work well with regular white sauce?

If it really is the texture, puree the sauce and musrooms (or cream of mushroom soup) in the blender. I think the mushroom flavor is an important part of the casserole.

*slaps forehead*

Why didn't I think of that?