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I remember one year I went to a friends house for turkey day and she had tweaked all the usual, traditonal foods and made them kinda gross.
She was a "foodie", which in her dictonary meant she made food very thick and unappetizing.
She cut up the turkey and poured a white sauce over it. I don't like white sauce and neiter did several others, especially on turkey.
She made the mashed potatoes with sour cream, chives, garlic and something else. No one ate more than a few bites. It was very strong tasting. Plain mashed would have gone over better.
IMHO, if you are cooking for a large, diverse group, the more simple to food the better. No sauces poured over anything. They are best on the side. Mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, corn or whatever should not be covered in a chipolte puree or avocado and onion salsa. All that stuff goes on the side.
I say this because traditions are different all over the country. Every year I have a group of airmen from the barracks over and they are about as diverse as they come. They aren't intrested in how exotic I can make mac and cheese. Maybe their mom put chopped hotdogs in it or maybe she filled it with sauteed onions. Maybe she didn't even make it. Whichever way, a plain baked macaroni without anything extra will go over better than one full of something unfamilliar. Now, my mac and cheese is very good and there is never any left even if it is plain.
Same with mashed potaoes and gravy. This is not the day to make sun dried tomato and pesto mashed potatoes. If it were just DH and I, you can bet there would be roasted garlic in them, but not today.
Things were easier before I joined the military and I spent the holidays with my extended family. We all had the same traditions, liked the same types of foods and prefer our side dishes hot and spicy.
However, I always feel so much better when these long, gangly boys come over and go back for thirds and fourths. I know they don't get many good meals and if it means doing without dillweed on my green beans, well OK.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
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