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23 November 2003 @ 10:03 pm
whats your most unusual thanksgiving food tradition?
among the turkey and stuffing and cranberries and yams, everyone has something on the table that they are certain no one else has...
ours is what my great aunt julia, my grandma's closest sister, best friend, right arm, and confidant (they are both gone now so we have to keep up the tradition, out of respect), called pink garbage.
its a can of cherry pie filling, a container of cool whip, and a handful of walnuts all stirred up. funny thing is, both aunt julia and grandma were diabetic with partials, but oh how thy took in the sugar and nuts!
louie_approved on November 23rd, 2003 08:07 pm (UTC)
my aunt once made a brisket, but shes just old and forgot tradtions I suppose...lol
tamles maybe?
centrefoldsdeleria42 on November 23rd, 2003 08:12 pm (UTC)
This will be my first Turkey day without my family, so my friends - who are stranded as well - and I are going to my apartment to make Thanksgiving Dinner. Serveral of them are international students, and they all promised to make authentic dishes, including Jamaican and Hispanic food! Maybe this year will start a tradition!
The pink garbage sounds great and so simple!
Sierciasiercia on November 23rd, 2003 08:14 pm (UTC)
We always have a meat stuffing, and I've never know anyone else who did. Sausage, ground beef, celery onions. Mmmmm. I'm drooling thinking about it. And I don't get to go home this year.
amy-louagreenan on November 24th, 2003 06:43 am (UTC)
Ooh, sausage stuffing is our tradition, too! I'm happy to say that I can make it almost as well as my mom, who got the recipe from her mom. We don't put ground beef in, though. Just a roll of Jimmy Dean sausage and celery and onions minced to a pulp and all mixed in with the stuffing croutons. Totally amazing stuff.
Still Passing the Open Windowswhoretence on November 23rd, 2003 08:20 pm (UTC)
pink garbage sounds like my favorite jell-o. Cherry with a can of bing cherries in syrup (instead of some of the water) with marshmallows and walnuts mixed in. It's really good!
Avitaniaavitania on November 23rd, 2003 08:40 pm (UTC)
my family is indonesian, and we don't really like turkey -- so we usually do traditional indonesian food for thanksgiving. this year, we're having satay (which is marinated, skewered meat with peanut sauce) and rice cooked in coconut milk. yum. :)
just plain amyjustamy on November 23rd, 2003 08:43 pm (UTC)
oh how i love peanut sauce...
i make mine from a taste of thai mix, and it really pretty good...but i'd love to have a traditional recipe. do you have one?
Avitaniaavitania on November 25th, 2003 07:59 pm (UTC)
i'm embarrassed to say that i don't. i wish i did, though - it seems simple enough. i use the Thai Kitchen peanut sauce that comes out of a jar -- it's decent, if a little spicy.

there's a recipe at www.indochef.com that reminds me a little of how my mom makes it; i think that would be a pretty good recipe. it doesn't seem to have the shrimp paste (aka "terasi") that my mom puts into it, but i think it should work really well anyway.

hope that helps a little! :)
 Bien dans sa peauanais2 on November 23rd, 2003 09:03 pm (UTC)
In our family, it's a combination of one bag of cranberries(ground up), a cup of sugar, a big can of crushed pineapple, walnuts, and then fold in a pint of whipping cream, whipped, and a bag of marshmallows, (the big ones, not miniature)cut into quarters with wet scissors. You mix this all together and let it sit overnight.

We don't remember where it came from originally, or what it's called, just the "pink stuff". It's damn good!
Scary White Girlscarywhitegirl on November 24th, 2003 12:54 pm (UTC)
My family has a "pink stuff" as well... tub of Cool Whip, box of Jello, can of crushed pineapple, and container of cottage cheese... I don't know sizes for any of these, because my mom has been making this since I was really small, and I just pick out all the right sizes from memory.

The best part about our "pink stuff" is that even when it isn't pink in color, it's still called "pink stuff"... which always confuses non-relatives... I'm making mine orange this year... and my sister had purple at her wedding reception (though it tasted horrid... grape + pineapple = not quite right...)
 Bien dans sa peauanais2 on November 24th, 2003 02:07 pm (UTC)
That's hilarious!
But the orange-pineapple one sounds good.
unchatongris on November 23rd, 2003 09:22 pm (UTC)
I thought that said pink cabbage. I was grossing out when i read the cherry pie filling and coolwhip... and then i reread and it said garbage. phew.
just plain amyjustamy on November 23rd, 2003 09:26 pm (UTC)
haha...its funny you say that, because the first year my brother's new wife joined us for thanksgiving, she made a dish of cabbage and beets (gah...) and the cabbage was all pink and gross. no one ate it. we tried, but we couldn't.
now that ten years have passed, we tease her about it.
Wendymogingham on November 23rd, 2003 09:53 pm (UTC)
my grandmother always made cheese spaghetti. you layer cooked spaghetti and cheese. You add a little milk to keep it creamy and bake it it in the oven for about 25 minutes until cheese is melted. Really easy dish but it's just not Thanksgiving without it. My grandmother died 1994 so I have taken over the task of making it. It doesn't taste as good as her's did but it's getting better every year!
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Tracieathena8827 on November 24th, 2003 05:46 am (UTC)
creamed onions!
Creamed onions is traditional New England WASP food -- bland and tasteless. My family has never had a Thanksgiving without it - even though they aren't that great and make everyone gassy.

It's those small boiling onions, peeled and boiled until cooked then put in a cassarole dish. A white sauce is poured over (butter, flour, milk, salt, pepper) and it's topped with bread crumbs and baked. I think I'm the only one in my family that really doesn't like it.

zortified on November 24th, 2003 06:18 am (UTC)
Our tradition is a "what do we feel like having?" thing. This year we're having burgers and potato salad and baked beans - summer picnic food. Often we have chinese food.

I don't think we've ever made a turkey. We did have duck, once.
not always right, but often not wrong: benny buns  :dlockeravengirl on November 24th, 2003 10:31 am (UTC)
oyster dressing. my mom's favourite. ew.
and my grandma used to make pumpkin, gooseberry and mincemeat pie-
none of my friends had even heard of gooseberry or mincemeat~

your "pink garbage" reminds me of something my mom used to call
"tired momma's cake"- it was a box of jiffy yellow cake layered with a can of cherry pie filling and topped off with nuts-
no-bake and good too!
just plain amyjustamy on November 24th, 2003 11:31 am (UTC)
my mom made something similar called "dumpcake" but, if i remember right, you did bake it.
thawedtime on November 24th, 2003 12:46 pm (UTC)
My mom/I make a dump cake! it's awesome. Coconut, cherries, walnuts, yellow cake mix. Mhmm..
 Bien dans sa peauanais2 on November 24th, 2003 02:05 pm (UTC)
Love the dump cake! I use cherry pie filling, crushed pineapple, and coconut and walnuts, with the dry cake mix and butter. It's also good with spice cake mix, apple pie filling, and walnuts....yum.