The Pain of Tradition


Mike Dwyer

Mike Dwyer is a former writer and contributor at Ordinary Times.

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  1. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    Natasha and I are free! We can do whatever we want, it’s just us this year!

    Since weight loss is on the agenda, the meat will be chicken thighs prepared sous vide. Garlic and cayenne shall feature prominently in the flavor profile. Homemade cranberry and celery garnish. The green beans shall be simply blanched; you southerners would call them “warm but still raw” like the kind your Yankee friends serve. Carbohydrates for dinner shall come in the form of my smoked pumpkin spice beer. There shall be salad with candied nuts. For dessert, in-season pomegranates and tangerines on vanilla bean yogurt.

    And we will be thankful.Report

    • Avatar Miss Mary says:

      You’re really living up to the southern California stereotype, Burt. You’re just missing the avocado. 😉 JK, sounds yummy. Enjoy!Report

    • Avatar Mike Dwyer says:

      One of my favorite moments of my summer in New Hampshire this year was one of my fellow KY coworkers, after eating the green beans served to us for lunch, saying in his best Southern drawl, “These ain’t like my grandma makes.” I think we could tolerate them if they would actually season them, but lightly cooked and unseasoned is just too much for us to tolerate.Report

      • Avatar Kim says:

        So, so, so sick of pretentious French Green Beans (the very idea that the entire year long, you want green beans that don’t have Beans in them!). It’s one thing when it’s “let’s have a few, they’re fun in a stir fry”
        But green beans ought to have some bean in them, if not be half dry and you’re only cooking the beans themselves.Report

  2. Avatar Miss Mary says:

    Hashtag first world problems. It’s a problem I’m grateful to have throughout the year. May you all spend quality time with loved ones, eat, drink and be merry. Hugs!

    P.S. I support your desire to mix up the potatoes. What’s the worst thing that could happen?Report

    • Avatar Mike Dwyer says:

      P.S. I support your desire to mix up the potatoes. What’s the worst thing that could happen?

      Wars have started for less…Report

      • Avatar Miss Mary says:

        My goodness, southerners and their food ruts. Have an extended cocktail hour with extra whiskey before, then being out the food. Works every time. You can trust me, I’m in charge of the wine and cocktails for my thanksgiving this year. It’s a great responsibility.Report

        • Avatar Alan Scott says:

          Though my family is made more affable through the application of liquor, I’ve come to discover that some families become more belligerent. I recommend following Mary’s advice only if your family is of the former type.Report

  3. Avatar Kim says:

    Had a disassembled Thanksgiving this year.
    Cranberry sauce one night, mashed potatoes (garden grown!) the next…
    No turkey at all (had enough for one life), and no yams because they’re full of heavy metals or something else allergenic…Report

  4. Avatar Damon says:

    Typically I had attending Thanksgiving dinner with my ex SIL new husband’s family, wherein I dropped subversive political comments 🙂 to an otherwise liberal group, and hung out with the patriarch, who’s more conservative.

    This time, I cooked for one other and it was great: brined turkey, mashed potatoes with Asiago cheese, green peas, and my cranberry salad. A nice pinot noir, and a salad of greens and various berries. Desert was minced meat pie, since I’m not getting it at xmas.

    Didn’t eat too much either. 🙂 Happy turkey day folks.Report

  5. Avatar Doctor Jay says:

    I’m very much a traditionalist when it comes to Thanksgiving. I love my roasted turkey. I love carving it up, and scooping the stuffing out of it. I don’t get to do that any other day of the year, so don’t mess with Thanksgiving.Report