November 16, 2009


Thanks to the courageous confession from fellow blogger Nicole at Miss Dot's Cupcake Spot (Read her post "Don't Hate Me, But...", and while you're there check out  Mustache Mondays!)  that she isn't particularly fond of Thanksgiving Food, I feel safe to say that I could contentedly live out the rest of my days without ever eating another bite of Thanksgiving Turkey (Whew!  That felt good!) 

There must be more of us out there who, because they love the tradition, the feasting, and celebration that comes with the holiday, hide our true feelings.  Somehow, not liking a slice of bird with cranberry sauce feels, well, kinda un-American.  Hmmm....I'm feeling a support group coming on ~ The First Annual Congregation of the AntiTurkarian Holidationalists?  If you thought I was weird for not liking Turkey, well, now I've really gone and done it!

Some AntiTurkarians, like my friend Nicole, turn to desserts (specifically PIE) for their Thanksgiving salvation.  Not having much of a sweet-tooth myself (although we do share a weakness for Pecan pie), I look to trying new side-dishes each year that will compliment the cuisine at my mom's and provide respite for the turkey-weary.

As always (I hope) my griping and whining does lead somewhere:  To two recipes that I tried last year, that met with rave reviews from Traditionalists and AntiTurkarians alike.  They were simple to prepare, could be prepared in advance, and traveled well. 

from Martha Stewart

from Real Simple

Is there a secret something you've been harboring guilt over disliking? 
Get it off your chest! 


  1. These dishes look yummy! I harbor guilt over not liking the holidays at all...but I am working on it!

  2. Yay! I'm happy I gave you the courage to vent about your Thanksgiving feelings :) I'd be happy to join any AntiTurkey groups you happen to create!

    P.S. -- I left a little award for you on my blog. Come check it out :)

  3. I don't mind the turkey...I hate stuffing though and refuse to eat it. I also refuse to eat an orange potato. EVER.

  4. Turkey once a year is OK. I am not really found of it, but I love turkey breast schnitzels.
    I can't stand the other stuff that comes with it....marshmallow Yams, really? Why would anybody put super sweet lump of sugar on top of what is suppose to be vegetable, I'll never understand.

  5. I love the T-shirt above! This year I just can't get into the holiday mood.

    I'm stopping by from SITS, but see we share a lot of the same bloggy friends.

  6. Popped in from Miss Dot's!

    I actually love Thanksgiving food, but I love those dishes too. I'll eat it all!

  7. I am all about the holiday food. I drown my sorrows and stresses in sweet potatoe casserole, stuffing, and pumpkin pie.

  8. I'm not a huge fan of turkey, but we usually have a ham from a local meat locker as well, so I'm OK with it.

  9. HA! You are too funny, Jenn! But actually, there is a lot of truth behind this. I'm a closet turkey hater too! I mean, it's ok, but it's dry and my dad has one hanging on his's just not right!
    Sooo, I'm taking a stand with you! No turkey this year! Instead I'll feast upon the sweet potato casserole and the mini-gherkins!
    Oh, and thanks for the recipes!! They look yummy!
    Blessings friend,
    Kelli @ SustainingCreativity

  10. Maybe you could have meatballs for Thanksgiving!

  11. Happy SITS sharefest day! Really, no turkey? I happen to love Turkey, but one year my mom had tamales for Thanksgiving which was FINE! LOL.

    For me, it's more about family than food. (and desserts LOTS of desserts)

  12. The spinach and gruyere dish looks yummy!!!! I'm a huge turkey fan but the funny thing is as much as I love it, we only eat it at Thanksgiving and no other time.

  13. My husband is not a big fan of I think these are fantastic ideas. i am going to ahve to try one (or all) of these.

    By the way--thank you so much for the scanning suggestion about the vintage postcards. That is a fantastic suggestion!

    Enjoyed your blog--I am now a memeber of your flock! :)

  14. Jenn, I am laughing because I just realized that I created an entire menu around NOT serving turkey for Thanksgiving. Thanks for holding a mirror up to that neurosis! ;)

  15. i'm just a little piggy because i love all of it..turkey, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry...layer it between 2 pieces of pumpernickel and i will squeal! i don't like that the meal takes hours to prepare and 10 minutes to eat..that is not my fave. your sides look yummy...artichokes are always on our table..they are a nice change from all the starchies. Happy Thanksgiving!


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