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Old Traditions and New Experiments. 
Nov. 5, 2012 12:51 pm 
Updated: Nov. 6, 2012 5:26 am

Thanksgiving is coming up, and my mouth is already watering.  At the end of October I sent Hubby to the store for the ingredients for green bean casserole.  Last year I had a craving for this favorite Thanksgiving dish.  The craving lasted well into January.  I admit, it is definitely a dish you either love or hate.  Most of my family loves it, and it is a required dish on our big Thanksgiving table.  Needless to say I was thrilled when I got my Allstars assignments this month, and one of them was to make the Campbell’s version of this casserole.  It was the first assignment I completed, and I hate to admit that I ate more of the casserole than anyone else J.  I made it late at night, after the kids were in bed, and the hardest thing about making it was waiting for it to cool so that I could dig in.  I had it for breakfast, lunch and dinner the next day as well.

The Campbell’s version of Green Bean Casserole is the one I have used in the past.  This time (as I have many times) I made a couple of slight alterations.  I love (and I do mean LOVE) mushrooms.  So I added 8 oz. of sliced mushrooms to the mix.  I also prefer Worchestershire sauce over soy sauce, so I replaced the soy with it.  Many of those who had reviewed the recipe had mentioned that 1 cup of milk was a little much.  I decided to go with a cup of milk, since I was adding a full cup of mushrooms.  The reviewers were right, fresh out of the oven it was a bit runnier than I would have liked.  But after some “chill time” and reheating, it was about the correct thickness.  There’s a pic of the casserole before I dug in below.

And here’s the address:

I must admit, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.  One of the things I like best about Thanksgiving is that we always have it at my sister’s house (less stress for me, I don’t have to clean/prepare my house for guests), which is much bigger than mine, and accommodates our large extended family.

I am the oldest of 5 children, and with the exception of my youngest brother, who has autism, we are all married with children of our own.  My sister also invites her in-laws, 2 sisters and their families, and her parents-in-law.  Her house is filled with children and adults on Thanksgiving.  One of the best parts of this arrangement, is that everyone splits the responsibilities.  My sister’s husband loves to fry a turkey, and does so every year (I’m glad HE is the one who purchases all that oil, lol).  Another person is assigned a 2nd turkey, and sometimes a 3rd.  Then the other tasks are also divided among us.  My mother usually makes stuffing, regardless of whether she is bring a turkey.  My sister’s mother-in-law usually does a sweet potato dish.  Her brother-in-law often makes the green bean casserole.  Her sister-in-law almost always does mashed potatoes.  Dessert is divided among people.  A few years ago I made a black bottom banana cream pie, which has been demanded ever since (Thanksgiving is the only time I make it, so it’s special).  Hubby loves my apple pie, he says it’s the best he’s ever had.  Sometimes I make it, sometimes I don’t depending on how much energy I have that year.  But I always like to try something new for Thanksgiving.

Old traditions and new experiments.  That’s what I love about Thanksgiving.  My new experiments have usually been a veggie side dish, and have, up until this year, usually been found on the Food Network site.  But, in April I found Allrecipes, and now I have a plethora of new ideas to pick from.  I haven’t yet decided what I’m going to make.

Do you have Thanksgiving traditions, food or otherwise?  Do you like to experiment with new ideas this time of year, or would you rather stick with what you know?  I would love to hear what other people do across the country.

If you want to know about my Best Thanksgiving Ever, go here.  Be warned, though, I’m thankful for many things, and I don’t edit the list!

Until Next Time. . .


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Nov. 6, 2012 5:26 am
It is fun to see what other people consider 'traditional' thanksgiving food. Here there is rarely a green bean casserole, unless a guest brings it - fresh green beans with bacon and onion are mandatory. I am 'allowed' to add a new dish to try but not in lieu of an established favorite.
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About the ONLY thing I don't like about cooking is the HEAT!! I'm not sure why, but I get very easily overheated. I usually sit while cooking, and have a fan blowing directly on me if available. I've been thinking about renaming myself - thehotchef - lol. It's a little better in winter, but I live in Albuquerque, NM - it never gets REALLY cold here, and my body just seems to want to overheat when I get busy in the kitchen! That's one of the reasons I like to divide my kitchen work into 2 or 3 parts at a time. One day I chop the veggies, the next day I roast the veggies, and the 3rd day I put together the lasagna and bake, for example.
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Bread, black bottom banana cream pie, fruit salad, beef stroganoff. I like to try something new for Thanksgiving every year.
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Mom's tea ring, macoroni/potato salad, bread, BRINING the Thanksgiving turkey.
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Best pies ever!
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My husband likes his own cooking better than mine! So much so that he is willing to make dinner for our family everyday - that's just fine with me!
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