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What's new in Thanksgiving?

gardencub | | Nov 11, 2008 01:47 PM

I am not "feeling" Thanksgiving this year. While I love to cook the side dish heavy menu that seems inevitable has me cranky.

My extended family wants:
creamed onions
sausage dressing
mashed potatoes
butternut squash
sweet potatoes
green beans
fresh cranberry something
canned or storebought cranberry nastiness for my Dad
a salad
gravy - lots and lots
parker house or cloverleaf rolls

plus a couple of dessert options
a starter and some nibbles to keep them busy while I am trying to get all that food turned out in a tiny, antiquated kitchen...

So, I am looking for some fresh ideas that might get me more excited. The guidelines are:
Must be budget friendly
Must not be too hot or too spicy or "too weird" - my family is not made up of chow hounds and foodies.
Must not be too labor intensive.

I am sure you all have some great ideas..

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