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Published on November 26, 2019

Traditional turkey Thanksgiving feast not everone’s cup of tea

By Edward A. Forbes / The Bulletin

Holy Butter Ball!

I just looked at the survey on the least popular Thanksgiving foods. About 20% of the people surveyed dislike turkey. What’s that all about?

Another way of looking at this: That means that two out of ten people sitting down for a Thanksgiving dinner say “pass the ham, please.”

We fix two turkeys every Thanksgiving – one roasted and one smoked. We have never had to make soup or a casserole from left-over turkey because there isn’t any. We do add a spiral ham on the table, but it has left-overs.

Twenty-four percent of you don’t like the famous green bean casserole. Green beans, the vegetable of your infancy and childhood, isn’t liked by one out of four people at the table! Who doesn’t like Durkey’s Fried Onions and cream of mushroom soup? I feel betrayed by my childhood.

Twenty-one percent don’t like pumpkin pie? Why do we have pumpkin spice latte, cupcakes, cookies and everything else that you can whip up to taste like pumpkin pie? No pumpkin pie, thank you, but I would love a pumpkin spice latte. How many duplicitous people are out there demeaning our beloved pumpkin pie?

Fifty percent of you who are apparently less than thankful don’t like the canned jellied cranberry sauce. I have been to dinners that praised the fresh cranberry sauce made by the presiding chef. Some of these are O.K., but I like the old canned type, even with my left-over cornbread dressing and gravy.

We look forward to Thanksgiving every year. Besides giving thanks, we look forward to the food, including my mother’s recipes for broccoli-cheese-rice casserole and the green bean casserole and my children’s mother’s recipe for cornbread dressing. And there’s my recipes for roasted turkey, gravy, pumpkin with cream cheese swirls pie, pecan pie, and the guy pie. I think we like the familiar dishes and the memories that they evoke. If they were made differently, perhaps those memories wouldn’t spring forward with each bite.

The guy pie requires a little explanation. More than 10 years ago, Emeril Lagasse had a contest pitting different homemakers’ pies against one another. The winner was an original recipe that its creator labeled “the guy pie.”

It is a chocolate, banana, coconut and almond extract pie that has been a hit with all who have been forced to try it. It has become part of our tradition, just as the five adults putting the finishing touches on the dishes in my kitchen.

If you don’t like one of the traditional dishes, the rest of us will make sure they’re not wasted.
Happy Thanksgiving!

(Edward Forbes wants to hear from you. Email him at eforbes1946@gmail.com or send comments by snail mail to The Bulletin, PO Box 2426, Angleton TX. 77516.)