I will soon be 50 years old and I hate to say this, but I have gotten tired of a lot of foods that I used to like. I am starting to especially have problems around the holidays: turkey and stuffing, marshmallow salad, green bean casserole, UGH.
I submit a plea to everyone to consider serving something completely out of the ordinary for the holidays. Here in Dallas, a traditional Christmas feast for people from Mexico always includes tamales--a superb non-traditional choice.
My suggestion is to forgo the ordinary meat course and serve this: a lovely, rib-eye roast. It will be a little more expensive, but cooking effort will be about the same. I assure you that *everyone* will thank you.
As for sides, I suggest, just for a change of pace, ditching all of your old recipes from cans and recreate them anew. Cranberry sauce made from fresh cranberries is a revelation. Wild rice and fresh vegetables can make everyone open their eyes and notice your dinner, perhaps for the first time. A little bit of thought and consideration can go a long way.
And finally, I *love* turkey, just not on the holidays. A fresh bird, not frozen, roasted, will make a wonderful meal at any time. Give the bird a holiday break and serve him year round! Your tummy will thank you.
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